One of a Kind Carnivals Around the World

The party doesn’t have to stop after New Year’s Eve. In some countries, the festivities continue on for weeks and conclude with the celebration of Carnival. Carnivals around the world have histories that date as far back as 1640. They often includes huge parties, parades, and masquerade balls. The word carnival or “carnival” translates to “farewell to meat” and often takes place prior to the season of Lent. Two of the most popular locations for Carnival are Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Whichever place you choose, you’re guaranteed to have loads of fun and excitement.

Carnivals Around the World

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Float at Rio's Carnival. Carnivals around the world.
Float at Rio’s Carnival

Not only is Rio de Janeiro one of the most beautiful cities to visit, it’s also one of the most exciting. The city’s diverse landscape includes beautiful beaches amidst soaring mountains. Unsurprisingly, Rio, as it is more commonly known, is the most visited city in South America. And one of its best tourism attractions is its Carnival celebration. For those planning to attend, the 2019 celebrations will take place from March 1st-9th. Don’t miss the Samba Dromo’s Samba Parade! This colorful event gives spectators the opportunity to admire the dancer’s talents while wearing gorgeous costumes in beautifully decorated floats.

Samba Dancer at Rio Carnival. Carnivals around the world.
Samba Dancer at Rio Carnival

In addition to the parade, there are masquerade balls that are full of luxury and mystique. The most popular of them all is the Magic Ball at the Copa. This exclusive event often includes celebrities and distinguished individuals as guests. Purchase your tickets here.

While staying in Rio, you’ll have a selection of hotels to choose from including the beautiful Olinda Rio Hotel. Located right off Copacabana Beach, it’s a charming hotel with modern amenities. It’s also close to Tijuca National Park, a beautiful urban oasis where you can hike, bird watch or simply enjoy Rio’s iconic sights.

Trinidad, Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad Carnival Parade. Carnivals around the world.
Trinidad Carnival Parade

As far as carnivals around the world, there’s another that matches the fun and excitement of Rio. Trinidad, the larger of the islands that make up Trinidad and Tobago, also hosts a carnival filled with fun and excitement. Prepare for an exhilarating nonstop party starting with “J’ouvert,” a traditional all night stroll through town in costume to the sound of music. There are also morning parades that will amaze and entertain everyone in the family.

Carnivals around the world. Women with Elaborate Headdress at Trinidad Carnival
Women with Elaborate Headdress at Trinidad Carnival

Carnival celebrations in Trinidad occur primarily in the island’s capital, Port-of-Spain; however, due to Carnival’s popularity with locals, you’ll also come across “fetes” or street parties all around the island. This colorful city is also a popular cruising destination especially when the itinerary concentrates on the west Caribbean islands. While soaking up the sun during Carnival in Trinidad, enjoy a sip of locally distilled rum at bars while listening to the sounds of steel pans playing.

Next year’s celebrations will commence on March 4 and end on March 5.

Have you been to carnivals around the world? Share your experiences as well as your tips and tricks to make the most of your experience while visiting.

This article was written by Rita Roberts and edited by iris A.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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