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The international flavours of Carnival


The Carnival is a celebration of individuality, creativity, and hedonism. It is a time when we get to shed our persona and take on another, albeit for a brief interlude.

Malta and Gozo put on two very different Carnival celebrations, one colourful and one grotesque. But what about the rest of the world?


Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife

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The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is second only to that of Rio. Lasting up to 3 weeks, it is defined by lavish and opulent costumes that weigh anything from 150 to 200 kilos and endless dancing With a new theme every year, this carnival is a beacon of innovation. Throughout the week, the people of Tenerife party to the rhythm of a lively Latin soundtrack, with performances by renowned artists such as Celia Cruz adding to the vibrancy of the festival.

New Orleans: Mardi Gras

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New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz, is famous for its annual celebrations and festivals, and most notably for its Mardi Gras Carnival. It is characterised by parades and floats and revellers in purple and green. This is essentially one big street party where passers-by can collect beads and trinkets thrown from the floats, but careful not to get trampled in the frenzy to catch yours.

Carnevale di Venezia

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World famous for its intricate masks and classic costumes, the Carnival of Venice is the perfect destination to celebrate both the carnival and a romantic getaway. The atmosphere of mystique and otherworldliness evoked by Venice is unique. An altogether more elegant affair, the Venice Carnival is reminiscent of the city’s Baroque heritage.

Rio De Janeiro

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Arguably the most famous Carnival, the Carnaval do Rio is a feast of light, colour, floats and Samba. Every aspect of the Rio Carnival is punctuated by dance and music. Ask anyone to tell you what they know of the Rio Carnival and they would undoubtedly describe a diamond-encrusted-bikini-wearing Brazilian dancer, with an opulent headdress of feathers, dancing down the street to a sassy Samba beat.

Can’t get away this February?

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Come August head to Notting Hill, London, for some summer Carnival fun.

Whichever destination you fancy, it’s never too soon to start planning. The travel experts at Bianchi Travel can help you put the perfect itinerary together to take in the Carnival celebrations in your chosen destination and then take in some more of the sights.


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