Then we meet up once again for the rest of the Carnivals all around the world’s article
- Carnival of Oruro, Bolivia
This remote (lointaine) city’s annual carnival happens 3 700 metres above sea level.
The site is sacred for the Uro people, who had to keep their traditional festivities hidden under Spanish rule for centuries.
Now it lasts ten days and around 40 000 dancers and musicians take part in the main procession (parade). Dancing, marching and walking four kilometres back for a whole day (20 odd hours, so you’ll need some stamina (énergie)).
When: 24th – 27th February 2017
- Carnaval De Binche, Belgium
This is another carnival with protected status. The town starts preparing for the three-day pre-Lent event almost as soon as it’s finished.
It’s one of the oldest in Europe and has a distinctive folklore. Things kick off (coup d’envoi) on Shrove Sunday with a masquerade street party. Keep an eye out for the Mam’selles… men dressed as women.
On Mardi Gras you’ll see the Gille characters masked in their red, yellow and black costumes with tiny spectacles, parade through the street before dancing in the Grand Place as the fireworks go off.
When : End of February (Shrove Sunday to Tuesday)
- Goa Carnival, India
The Portuguese and Spanish influence is strongly felt at this carnival which is unique in India.
The three-day pre-Lent festival has everything you need for a street party, parades, floats, costumes, dancers, singers and musicians.
Like in other Latin festivals, King Momo opens the carnival in Panaji (the capital) on Shrove Saturday.
They also party outside the capital in the surrounding (environnants) villages.
When : 25th – 28th February 2017
- Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Canada
This is the largest Caribbean cultural outdoor festival in North America, and it goes on for three weeks.
Here, the sounds of the Islands take over with Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, steel pan and brass bands providing the musical backdrop.
The all-day Grand Parade with the Mas bands is the major attraction.
When : 10th July to 12th August 2017
- Dia de los Muertos, Mexico
If you’ve seen the film SPECTRE, you might remember James Bond arriving in time for Mexico City’s bold and brash Dia de Muertos parade.
Skeletons playing drums (tambours), elaborately-dressed dancers, smoke and fire, giant floats… The parade for the two-day festival comes as the whole country celebrates a public holiday.
The black and white costumes contrast with the burnt-orange marigolds (cempúchit) decorating the streets and women’s hair.
1st November is traditionally when children who have lost their lives are celebrated. Día de los Inocentes with 2nd November being reserved for the adults.
When: 1st and 2nd November
- Notting Hill Carnival, UK
This is now London’s biggest free street party. Millions of people head to the Notting Hill neighbourhood over the August bank holiday (jour férié) weekend.
The Caribbean carnival has been going since 1964 and now more than 60 bands take part. There’s drinking, eating and lots of dancing in the normally quiet residential streets.
The Grande Finale parade on the Bank Holiday Monday sees thousands of dancers and musicians entertain the crowded streets.
When : End of August across the Bank Holiday.
Bonus (si vous êtes arrivé jusqu’ici) : The 5 biggest Carnivals in the World