Carnival is a time of wild excesses, along with the breaking of norms for the vast consumption of food, liquor and partying before the austerity of Lent. A time when the populace takes to the streets wearing masks and costumes, partaking in the freedom from religious or political constraints, and a time for delightful parody and satire to be expressed at it’s finest.
This festival has been around since the Middle Ages and is still celebrated in Europe and South America preceding Ash Wednesday. Known in France and New Orleans as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday, everyone enjoys beignets and beads; while in Rio the street bands play raucous music with people sambaing and drinking mojitos on every corner, as they wait for the ball at the Copacabana hotel, and lastly in Venice the masked are celebrating with the hopes of being invited to their local palazzos for the party of the year!!!
So, whatever your preference is globally, enjoy one of these galas… or all!!
-Mardi Gras in New Orleans on February 17th
-Venice Carnavale on January 31st– February 17th
–Rio Carnival on February 13-17th