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first_img4. Trinidad & Tobago, 27 to 28 February 2017The beautiful islands of Trinidad & Tobago throw a huge two-day bash for Carnival that is well known for showcasing the best of Caribbean cuisine and Calypso music, with plenty of joyful steel drums, or ‘pans’ as they’re locally known. The main celebrations happened on larger Trinidad, with ‘Carnival Monday’ seeing the start of the Parade of the Bands in which musicians compete for the carnival crown. If the excitement all gets too much, just head across the water to Tobago, an island ringed with gorgeous beaches, seafood shacks and laid back bars.Find flights to Trinidad & Tobago5. Basel, Switzerland, 6 to 8 March 2017Fasnacht, Switzerland’s version of Carnival, is not only a raucous affair, but also takes place a week after most Mardi Gras celebrations, so if you’ve only just cottoned onto Carnival, Basel’s annual event perfect for a last-minute break. Don’t be fooled by this comparatively short, three-day event, either: there are plenty of masked balls, parades and medieval rituals to experience. Try to catch an outdoor Gugge concert in Marktplatz, Barfüsserplatz or Claraplatz, where marching brass bands congregate to play this unusual local music – dressed as harlequins or toy soldiers, of course. Can’t get enough of the party? Basel made our list of top clubbing cities in Europe.Find flights to Basel Want more heart-pumping events and festivals? We’ve got you covered:World’s best food and drink festivalsFrom juicy BBQ ribs to organic macrobiotic munchies; celebrate all things delicious at any of these international feasts.Five unmissable festivals in ThailandPlanning a trip to Thailand? Time your visit to coincide with one of these incredibly fun festivals and events. Don’t forget your camera!How to do the Edinburgh Fringe FestivalRead our ultimate Edinburgh Fringe guide on everything from where to book your tickets to how to survive the Scottish weather!Skyscanner is the world’s travel search engine, helping your money go further on flights, hotels and car hire. Related10 of the world’s craziest carnivalsCheer up! Yes it’s winter, but this week is officially the start of party season. We celebrate with ten of the world’s craziest carnivals.15 of the world’s best carnivalsBeat the winter blues and get the party started! Carnival season is here so go crazy with 15 of the best carnivals in the world.5 places to party like Prince HarryBy royal decree, we bring you five places where you can party like a prince. Billiards optional. 2. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 24 February to 1 March 2017A thoroughly risqué affair, the world-famous Rio Carnival must be seen to be believed. From creative costumes and amazing samba dancing, to mouthwatering street food and drink, Rio knows how to celebrate. Even better, the festivities go on for an extra day, ending on Ash Wednesday, plus there are ‘winner’s parades’ on Saturday 4th March to celebrate the victors of the local samba schools competition. So if you’re having a touch of FOMO, there’s still time to cut yourself a slice of the action. Sticking around after carnival? We’ve got some local tips for great things to do in Rio.Find flights to Rio de Janeiro When is Mardi Gras?Mardi Gras 2017 falls on Tuesday 28th February, though there are usually festivities throughout the week or weekend leading up to the day, and sometimes the week after. Early birds might want to note that Mardi Gras 2018 takes place on February 13.Where to go for Mardi GrasCheck out these famous (and not-so-famous) Carnival destinations around the world.1. New Orleans, Louisiana, 6 January to 28 FebruaryThis is the big one. With carnival traditions dating back to the eighteenth century, and a rich French heritage, New Orleans is a fantastic place to jump headfirst into the party. An estimated 1,000,000 visitors come to New Orleans to celebrate every year, adorning themselves in traditional Mardi Gras costumes of purple, green and gold, throwing long strings of beads over each other and, er, having a lot of picnics. The streets get taken over by more than 50 local groups known as krewes, who put on various floats and parades featuring the best in local Creole and Cajun music. All in all, it’s an exuberant atmosphere that you’d be hard pressed to find anywhere else.Find flights to New Orleans 6. Santa Cruz, Tenerife, 19 February to 5 March 2017Tenerife may be more synonymous with Brits abroad sunning themselves on the beach, but don’t miss the chance to take part in true Canarian culture. The Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the biggest celebration on the island and lasts for a whopping three weeks, but you’ll also find Mardi Gras festivals in Puerto de la Cruz and many smaller towns and villages. The parades begin with the election of a Carnival Queen, and go on until the Saturday after Fat Tuesday, so there’s plenty of chances to watch a murga (satirical musical theatre) or dress up in drag alongside the locals. Don’t miss the ‘Burial of the Sardine’, a bizarre ritual taking place on Ash Wednesday, in which a crowd of mourners follow a papier mâché fish through the streets, signifying their abstinence from eating meat during Lent. Take a holiday from the holiday, with our guide to making the perfect island-hopping trip round the Canaries. It may well be necessary after a hectic Mardi Gras.Find flights to Tenerife 7. Mobile, Alabama, 10 to 28 February 2017Though New Orleans is synonymous with Mardi Gras, the city of Mobile, Alabama is considered the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States, starting way back in 1703 (before the US was even a country). It’s also one of the longest, going on for a good two weeks before Lent. Amongst the (mostly) family-friendly revelry, make sure you get the chance to throw a Mardi Gras Moon Pie – a local tradition. These marshmallow-filled cookies now come in every flavour under the sun (if you manage to catch one) and there’s even a giant one that’s lit up on the last few nights of the Mobile carnival.Find flights to Mobile 3. Venice, Italy, 11 to 28 February 2017Everyone should attend a Venetian masquerade once in their lives, and 2017 sees the usual Grand Balls take place on the weekend leading up to Mardi Gras (24th to 26th February). The Carnevale di Venezia came into its own back in the seventeenth century, when the Venetian Republic was booming, which explains why costumes from this time are still worn today. It gained notoriety in the best way by being banned until 1979, and nowadays takes over the city in style, but it’s as the sun sets and the candles are lit that this romantic city really comes to life during Carnival. So don your Baroque ball gown and a sequinned Mardi Gras mask and twirl the night away. If after the ball your pockets are feeling a bit light, here are some tasty restaurants and cafes in Venice that won’t eat into your budget.Find flights to Venice ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map But first, a quick Mardi Gras A&A…What is Mardi Gras?Mardi Gras means ‘Fat Tuesday’ in French (that’s Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, to you and I) and according to Catholic tradition, is the last day of celebrations before the fasting period of Lent begins. Carniva – or the Italian Carnevale as it’s also known – originally meant ‘farewell to the flesh’ (as many people give up meat for Lent), but has taken on a new meaning over the years: namely wild parties, street parades, flamboyant Mardi Gras costumes and lots of good food. Famous carnivals in Rio, New Orleans and Venice have made Mardi Gras a popular event for travellers from all over the world, and a great excuse for a post-Christmas holiday. 8. Malta & Gozo, 24 to 28 FebruaryOne of our top trending travel destinations for 2017 these small Mediterranean islands have been showing their neighbours how to party for many a year now. Malta Carnival is a boisterous family affair, with most festivities taking place in capital Valletta. Watch out for local bands playing to the crowds from the back of giant fluorescent gorillas and other wacky floats. Looking for a hyper-local and an (even more) off-the-wall Mardi Gras festival? Try the city of Nadur on smaller island of Gozo, where the carnival celebrations are unregulated, so have a reputation for being a little more spontaneous. Expect grotesque Mardi Gras masks and costumes to rival Halloween, eerie parades of silent figures in masks and a festival which goes on until the locals say so.Find flights to Maltalast_img

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