Date varies. Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras) falls on February 21, 2012
Scores of cities from Rio to Cologne host their own Carnival festivities during the week before Lent, but not many can boast a party that dates back to 1268.
In those days, the Venice Carnevale was frowned upon by the local authorities and the Church. The debauchery and gluttony of the celebration recalled ancient pagan rites that flew in the face of the …Read more
February 21, 2012
[published Feb. 5, 2008]
Mardi Gras, as I’m sure you’re well aware, is first and foremost a devout religious ceremony, marking the last day in the Catholic liturgical calendar that observing Christians can wear beads, eat pancakes and show their boobs.
March 7-8, 2011
February 20-21, 2012
Rarely has so much joy emanated from such a small dot on the globe, and reverberated with as much noise as Carnival.
Trinidad and Tobago is the 172nd smallest country in the world, but per capita, it’s party spot #1.
In the 1770s Trinidad had only a few thousand inhabitants, mostly Amerindians; it was one of the most underpopulated regions of Spain’s New World colonies. Spain opened …Read more
Summer Bank Holiday Weekend August 28-29, 2011
The word “carnival” comes from the Latin carne vale meaning “farewell to the flesh”. It originally referred to festivals that fell just before Lent, when eating meat was forbidden. Famous pre-lenten carnivals include Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, Nice, and Trinidad.
Inspired by the world-famous Trinidad Carnival, Notting Hill takes place in August, because you’d have to be nuts to wear a thong in England in February.
The ‘Mother of Notting …Read more
August 8-9, 2011
Take a warm August Caribbean day.
Add Music: Calypso, Steel drums, Soca, and other traditional rhythms.
Mix with bright, colorfully-costumed dancers and musicians atop or around decorated floats
And set amid thousands of spectators dancing along the procession route.
You have yourself Carnival.
Serves more than you can imagine.
Carnival in Trinidad (March)
Though many locales celebrate before Ash Wednesday, such as Haiti, Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago, others …Read more