The five best carnivals in the world

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As we are feeling the benefits of the warmer, summer months in the UK we’ve been reminding ourselves of some of our favourite carnivals across the world – because if a huge party isn’t an incentive to go travelling then we don’t know what is! Many of these take place in January and February, perfect if you want to escape the UK’s Winter! If you want to chat to us about incentive travel for your team, company or group then please just get in touch.

Rio Carnival – Rio de Janeiro

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Considered the biggest carnival in the World, Rio Carnival is a festival held every year just Lent. The first festivals date back to 1723 and it now attracts over two million people per day.

A typical Rio Carnival will see the parade filled with more than 200 samba schools. A samba school is a collaboration or group of neighbours who want to attend the carnival together. Each samba school is competing against each other so expect the floats, dancing and music to be some of the best you’ve ever seen.

When? March 1st to 6th, 2019

Mardi Gras – New Orleans, USA

Probably one of the most well known carnivals in the world, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, used to be a celebration restricted to the privileged few. With its root in European traditions from the 17th and 18th centuries it is now, thankfully, an accessible jamboree for the young and old!

Costumes are expected, or at the very least you should dress in purple, green and gold and adorn yourself in the beads that are thrown from the passing floats. Expect music, great food and great times!

When? 5th March 2019

Nice Carnival – Nice, France

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Want to carnival a little closer to the UK? How about the Nice Carnival in France? There are six carnival parades, 17 floarts and thousands of dancers and musicians- who come from all over the world. This is an extremely vibrant party that comes from a rich heritage. And do not miss out on the flowers battles (Bataille de Fleurs) and you may even be lucky enough to catch one of the bouquets that are thrown from the floats.

When? 16th-28th February 2019

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival, Trinidad and Tobago

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If you really want to get away and experience one of the oldest Carnivals in the world then you need to head to Trinidad and Tobago! Although this festival comes from adversity, during the period of slavery when slaves were not allowed to attend their masters balls so instead improvised with their own celebrations, this has now become one of the greatest street parties in the world- representing freedom and celebration.

Music often takes centre stage with all the big soca acts releasing their latest tracks for carnival, and don’t miss out on the food!

When? 4th March 2019

Notting Hill Carnival, London Uk

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We’re going to come back home for our last one, as it’s only just up the road from Bristol (our home town) and a blooming marvellous carnival! This is London’s biggest street parties- it’s actually just one of the biggest events the happen in London through the year!

The carnival began in the late 1960’s as an offshoot to the Trinidad and Tobago carnival. Very much like it’s Caribbean cousin, music is at the heart of Notting Hill Carnival. Twist your torso to warm calypso, soca, reggae and dub rhythms from the many roadside sound systems and snack on mouth-watering cuisine as you immerse yourself in Caribbean culture in London.

When? 26th- 27th August, 2018

If any of this has got you itching to plan a visit, book in your team day out or incentive travel trip then just get in touch.