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Carnival and Mardi Gras Festivals

By February 8, 2009

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carnaval pictureIt's Carnival season, a time of colorful and outrageous festivals and parades. 2009 Carnival (also known as mardi gras, carnaval, carnevale, or karnaval) falls on February 24, but carnival season starts several weeks earlier with masquerade balls and parties, music, and festivals.

I've collected the top carnival and mardi gras pictures, articles and tips from our Travel Guides. Come along with me for a virtual tour of Carnival and mardi gras festivals. Let the good times roll!

Pictures of Carnival Parades and Festivals:

Mardi Gras and Carnival Basics: Mardi Gras in the United States: Carnaval, Carnevale, Karneval, and More in Europe: Carnival Celebrations in the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada, and Australia: Further Carnival and Party Reading

If these aren't enough parties for you, check out the book World Party, reviewed by our guide to Honeymoons and Romantic Destinations. Susan says "covering gatherings that range from the sublime such as Carnival in Venice to the ridiculous (that would be Spain's free-for-all La Tomatina food fight), World Party: the Rough Guide to the World's Best Festivals provides dozens of reasons to get going and join the fun."

Photo of San Francisco Carnaval James Martin, Europe Travel

Comments
February 21, 2009 at 8:03 pm
(1) Brett says:

Thanks for the post, I’ve never been to Mardi Gras and my brief visit to the French Quarter years ago left me with a bad impression (http://blogs.pioneerlocal.com/religion). Glad to hear there is more to this celebration and in more places than New Orleans.

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