Top 10
Carnivals
of the world

rankings you can trust

 

Top 10 rankings
World's best
carnivals

 

Carnival in Rio
Brazil
 
Trinidad Carnival
Trinidad and Tobago
 
Salvador de Bahia Carnival
Brazil
 
Venice Carnival
Italy
 
New Orleans Mardi Gras
USA
 
Cologne Carnival
Germany
 
Munich Fashing
Germany
 
Santa Cruz de Tenerife Carnival
Canary Islands, Spain
 
Quebec Winter Carnival
Canada
 
Nice Carnival
France

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tips and insights

When to go

The vast majority of carnivals span the several days immediately before Ash Wednesday (when partying ends and fasting begins). The Ash Wednesday date varies significantly from year to year:

2014 - March 5

2015 - February 18

A few carnivals (including Quebec's) begin and end well before Ash Wednesday.

Most carinvals feature ...

 

Street parades

A long line of flashy floats are accompanied by a mass of colorfully (and sometimes scantily) attired dancers and singers. Spectator stands line the route.

 

Pulsating music

It's loud, incessant, and repetitive, but a vital part of the ambiance. So is exuberant singing.

 

Balls

Private balls have more cachet and higher admission costs than public ones.

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