Now is the time when many cities dress up to celebrate Carnival. Today, we will mention just some of the best ones!
New Orleans Mardi Gras – This carnival takes place in Louisiana more or less during the two weeks previous to Shrove Tuesday. Several parades and balls can be seen every day through the city’s streets. These parades are organized by social clubs known as ‘krewes’. Inexpensive strings of beads and toys are thrown from floats to parade-goers. But, this carnival is also the apotheosis of luxurious costumes, carriages and troupes that march to the beat of jazz.
Venice – For two weeks, elegance and good taste can be seen in the amazing costume parades of the Piazza San Marco, on the extensive public and private dances, and in the boat processions along the main canals of the city. Masks are one of the main accessories used by the Venetians.
Cologne – This carnival takes places every 11th November at 11 o’clock in the evening. The whole country participates to such an extent that it is known as the fifth season of the year. Despite the low temperatures, the streets are full of costumed people with lots of positive energy. Rosenmontag is the day that draws the biggest crowds. At this time of year, Cologne shines with all its lights and fireworks, and bustles with stands where people taste the famous beer, Kölsch.
Rio de Janeiro – This carnival is a synonym for music, samba, lights and sequins. The typical Rio carnival parade is filled with revelers, floats, and adornments from numerous samba schools. Every school has to follow their parade entry and, in fancy costumes, they run through choreographed dance routines that usually tell a short story. The cost for these costumes ranges from US$ 900 to US$ 10,000.
Regardless of how much money is spent, or not, this is an awesome spectacle in which the magic of music and the rhythmic beauty of the participants is united with the luxury of the costumes and the glory of the carriages. For four days, the city is invaded by chaos until the end when the winning school is named.
- Shrove Tuesday: a day in February or March preceding Ash Wednesday which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes.
- Parade: a procession of people, usually organized along a street, often in costume, and accompanied by marching bands, floats or sometimes large balloons.