Crazy dancers, colorful parades, interesting costumes and an unforgettable feast sound pretty good. Carnivals are, of course, the right address for those who want to experience all of this. Here are the world-famous carnivals that you must see before you die and which attract great attention worldwide.
1. RIO CARNIVAL – BRAZIL
The first thing that comes to mind when it comes to carnival is undoubtedly the Rio de Janeiro carnival. The history of this carnival, which is flocked from different parts of the world every year, dates back to 1723. More than 200 samba schools are competing with each other for the carnival, the preparations of which are started months ago. Apart from dancers dancing with Samba music and entertaining parades, interesting street parties are held on the streets until the carnival is over.
2. TENERİFE CARNIVAL – SPAIN
The Tenerife carnival, which ranks top among the best carnivals in the world, is in demand from all over the world. With its dazzling dance shows, entertaining concerts, amazing parades and firework shows, Teneferi carnival offers participants unforgettable moments. The most striking aspect of the carnival is that every year a young girl is chosen as the carnival queen.
3. MARDI GRAS CARNIVAL – NEW ORLEANS
Mardi Gras Carnival has all kinds of madness. It is possible to see many interesting people together at the festival. In addition, fancy carnival cars and horse carriages circulating in the crowd add a different color to the carnival. It is one of the must-haves of the festival for those who go horse-riding to throw something for the walkers!
4. BİNCHE CARNIVAL – BELGIUM
The history of the carnival, which was first made to repel evil spirits, dates back to the 14th century. Binche carnival is among the most interesting carnivals. The reason for this is the bells and the cymbals in their costumes and the demonstrators that attract attention. Because these demonstrators are not just walking, they throw apples to the crowds of people they see around.
5. VENICE CARNIVAL – ITALY
Millions of people attend the Venice carnival every year, which is among the wildest carnivals in Europe. At the carnival, interesting masks and flashy costumes take their place. In this carnival, where wearing masks is a tradition, the main role is of course porcelain masks!
6. COLOGNE CARNIVAL – GERMANY
The Carnival between Cologne is one of the world’s crazy carnivals. When the Cologne carnival begins, the streets are filled with interesting costume people from the early morning. It is possible to see people waving the flags of many countries in their hands, except for the flag of Germany, at the festival, which is attended by tourists from different countries. The songs sung in colorful costumes are indispensable for the carnival.
7. NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL – ENGLAND
The Notting Hill carnival is celebrated annually with great enthusiasm in London, England. The carnival is held to celebrate the prohibition of slave trade. For this reason, at the carnival, black participants display demonstrations criticizing slavery by wearing white masks and applying flour to their faces.
8. CADİZ CARNIVAL – SPAIN
Cadiz carnival, which is a carnival that people of all ages can attend, is famous for its concerts in which different styles of music are used. Also, the performances accompanied by flamenco dance impress the participants of the festival. What makes Cadiz carnival different from other carnivals is that various theater plays are also on display.
9. ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL – USA
Organized in Las Vegas, one of the best carnivals in the world, this carnival is among the most popular carnivals in the world. In the carnival, where colorful images are held throughout the day, beautiful concerts are held in the evenings that make the music feast. The carnival will continue for 3 days, with various shows.
10. NICE CARNIVAL – FRANCE
This carnival, which hosts thousands of musicians and dancers, holds 11 different parades. The most famous among these transition ceremonies is the flower passage, in which more than 100 thousand flowers are used.
11. LA TOMATINA CARNIVAL – SPAIN
This festival, held every year in Valencia in Spain, the last wednesday of August, is the most crazy among the carnivals in Spain. The whole city turns red thanks to the La Tomatina carnival, which is a tomato festival. Because tomatoes fly in the air until the festival is over. Even if it sounds terrible, it is actually very pleasant to watch this huge tomato war.
12. AALBORG CARNIVAL – DENMARK
The Aalborg carnival, with 5,000 artists and musicians attending, is organized to celebrate the arrival of spring. This carnival, which is among the carnivals that give importance to transition ceremonies, continues for a week.
The carnival, held annually in Aalborg, Denmark, consists of three main events. These activities are; children’s carnival, group wars and grand parade. Among these three activities, group wars cause interesting images. Because the participants are divided into groups among themselves and throwing various items and fruits to each other.
13. SONGKRAN CARNIVAL – THAILAND
The most distinctive among the carnivals is the Songkran carnival. Because at this carnival, everyone is bathing with soap and water with people they do not know. The biggest reason for this activity is that they believe that evil is cleared in this way.
14. PATRAS CARNIVAL – GREECE
The Patras carnival is celebrated annually in Patras, Greece. You can have fun at the carnival, where there are activities such as belly dance and barbecue party, without suffering any foreignness.
15. IVREA CARNIVAL – ITALY
Being among the wildest carnivals in the world, the Ivrea carnival represents the civil war between the people and the royal. The name of this carnival, which is famous for orange wars, is also known as the orange carnival. People throwing tons of oranges at the carnival, while having fun, also take an orange bath.