Today millions of people celebrate carnival with big festivals and parades, held each year on Shrove Tuesday. Some of the most famous carnivals are New Orleans Mardi Gras, Rio di Janeiro Carnaval, and Venice Carnevale. Take a virtual tour of these events and more in Canival and Mardi Gras Festivals. If you find one you'd like to see, use our guide to Carnival dates through 2020 to plan a visit.
Photo of San Francisco Carnaval © 2009 by James Martin, Europe Travel