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European carnivals themed tour

The Carnival is around the corner! One of the most celebrated festivities in the world.

The streets fill with joy, music, color and luxury costumes. So are the carnivals that invade the main cities of the old continent every year. What are you waiting for preparing your next themed tour to the most famous carnivals in Europe?

Venice Carnival in Italy

Venice Carnival, Italy

1. Nice Carnival

Nice, France (from February 17 to March 13, 2018)

The famous Carnival of Nice is one of the greatest cultural events of the French Riviera and one of the most important carnivals in the world and France along with the Carnival of Dunkirk. It will be launched on February 17. Musicians and dancers will walk down the streets. A creative procession composed of 2 different events: the Carnival Parade and the Parade of Flowers will take place.

The perfect opportunity to discover Nice and the French Riviera, by enjoying a temperate time compared to the rest of France.

2. Carnival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Canary Islands, Spain (from January 26 to February 18, 2018)

For more than 10 days, the streets of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria are painted in color, accompanied by music and parades. As every year the main protagonists of this celebration are the election of the Carnival Queen and the Drag Queen. Between the opening and the closing of the carnival, the programmed events are contests, parades, children’s acts, dances, parades and night parties. The topic of this year is “Magic and fantastic creatures.”

To be informed of all the events and schedules of each show of the Carnival of Las Palmas 2018 you can visit the website of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that has prepared for this festivity.

3. Venetian Carnival

Venice, Italy (from February 3 to 13, 2018)

Unique in the world, its origins date back to the 11th century, as an opportunity and way of escape for the nobility to mingle with the people and evade government control by hiding behind the masks. The Senate declared it an official festivity in the 12th century. Prohibited by Napoleon, the Carnival was recovered in 1979, being today a cultural reference worldwide.

This year the carnival will start on February 3rd to 13th. Ten days will fill Venecian streets and canals with masks, costumes and tourists. For those who visit this carnival, on Sunday, february 4th, the traditional “Volo dell’Angelo” will take place. One of the most eagerly awaited moments in which a young Venetian woman disguised as an angel climbs down with a rope from the bell tower to the Piazza San Marco.

4. Carnival of Bohemia

Prague, Czech Republic

The famous Prague Carnival of Bohemia goes back to the tradition of those urban carnivals that had their peak in the 18th century. World-renowned for being a meeting point for great personalities of the time who met in their lavish masked dances. Today, public spaces, museums, palaces, theaters and even restaurants in the city take up this tradition of the Bohemia Medieval.

Highlights the concert and the royal dance at the Clam-Gallas palace or the traditional masked dances known as Crystal Ball.

5. Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife

Canary Islands, Spain (from February 7 to 18, 2018)

It is considered the second most popular and internationally known carnival, after Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) and aspires to become a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
On Wednesday, February 7, prior to the carnival weekend, the queen of the carnival is elected in a gala broadcast at 9:30 p.m. That’s just the beginning of a whole week of masked dances and parades full of color and joy.

Among its most multitudinous events include the contests of murgas, floats and comparsas, and the election of the Infantile Queen and the Queen of the Third Age.

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6. Carnival of Cadiz

Andalusia, Spain (from 8 to 18 February 2018)

One of the most popular and characteristic carnivals declared as International Tourist Interest. The origins of the Cadiz Carnival date back to the 16th century, when it was one of the most important ports of the Spanish Empire, which meant the entry of a large flow of influences from around the world. In particular, Venice shared many commercial ties with Cadiz, among many others traditions.

Today, this tradition is considered as a ritual, and Cadiz people get prepare for this event with gastronomic specialities, “chirigotas” contests, parades and horse riding. Between the most outstanding acts are: the Great end, Official Contest of Carnival Groups at the Falla Theater, the coronation of the Carnival Goddess or the Magna Cavalcade.

7. Rosenmontag

Düsseldorf, Germany (February 12, 2018)

The Düsseldorf Carnivals are, together with the Cologne, one of the most important festivals in Germany. The celebrations generally include dances, costumes, drinks and parades.
Carnival Sunday in Königsallee is also very popular. Although the highlight of the party is called Rosenmontag or Carnival Monday, when the great parade of floats takes place, candy, music and costumes runs through much of the city .

8. Boonte Störrem

Maastricht, the Netherlands (February 11 to 13, 2018)

The Dutch city of Maastricht, capital of the carnival in Holland, begins each year its celebration on Saturday of carnival with the hoisting of the flag and 11 cannon shots in the central square of Vrijthof. With this starts the great carnival cavalcade or “Boonte Störrem” through the center of the city.

This carnival lasts only three days, but between act and act there is no rest! There are plenty of parades, crowded streets and crowded bars both day and night, there is no lack of music or beer, and concerts, DJs and dance contests are the most popular.

9. Morgestraich

Basel, Switzerland (February 19 to 21, 2018)

The Basel Carnival is the largest popular festival in Switzerland. Celebration that gives the “Morgestraich” (the Monday after Ash Wednesday) when the clock of the tower of St. Martin touches the 4 of the dawn and the lights of the city are extinguished completely. It is then when the lights of the flashlights and the resounding crowd of basilican drummers and flute players fill the void of the night.

During the 72 hours of this carnival, the streets, bars and shops of the city center resonate with songs and fun local characters. Two large processions with more than 10,000 masked people walk down the streets on foot or in a float accompained by a good selection of music. Tour during which they throw confetti and distribute oranges, among other things as popular verses in their particular dialect.

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