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Where to Celebrate Carnival Outside of Rio

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While Rio de Janeiro may be home to the world's most famous Carnival, there are many beautiful places around the globe where you're more than welcome to dance the night away in the streets. Here are a few.
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On a recent trip to Tortola, we flew into St Thomas to catch the ferry over to Tortola. Our flight arrived early afternoon and our cab driver from the airport informed us that the next ferry to Tortola left the downtown terminal at 4:00. No...
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Maastricht, Netherlands
Every February many European countries are hosting carnivals where everybody participates, young and old. This year was our first time to one and we were lucky enough to see the one in Maastricht, Netherlands. What a delight that was, it made the...
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The Valley 2640, Anguilla
Anguilla Carnival is the island's biggest holiday, and is widely known and celebrated throughout the island. I was jamming in the streets to live soca and reggae bands. the streets are transformed into a spectrum of colour as the various troupes...
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The Giant Puppet Project, Cambodia’s largest community arts effort and takes place every February in Siem Reap. Basically it is a lively, night-time carnival on the city's Pub Street featuring a parade of huge glowing figures up to 30 meters long,...
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La Paz, Bolivia, Genaro Sanjines, La Paz Zona 10, Bolivia
Carnaval will be here soon, and Bolivian Carnaval has a slightly different flavor than what you'll find in Rio, Venice, or New Orleans. Each year schools of dancers take to the streets wearing the traditional costumes of the different departments...
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Curaçao
Bask in the beauty of the brilliant pastels of Curacao while walking across the Queen Emma Bridge. Just be aware-this "Pontoon Bridge" swings open across the water to welcome ships into port.
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San Nicolas, Aruba
Given Aruba’s love for Carnival, it's no surprise San Nicolas residents stage and celebrate a colorful, cultural Caribbean Festival every Thursday night. Imagine pop-up tents featuring fruit smoothies, street food, hand-crafted treasures, colorful...
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55049 Viareggio, Province of Lucca, Italy
For sand, sun, and fun on the Tuscan Riviera, head to this idyllic town bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea on one side and the peaks of Masa Carrara (home to the famous while marble of the same name) on the other. Originally built as the port for...
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11 Cours Saleya, 06300 Nice, France
February in Nice was all about carnaval. As carnival season kicked off around the world, the Riviera celebrated with two weeks of parades. The streets were constantly covered in confetti, a reminder of the night before. My cousin joined me to take...
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214 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA
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What a trippy and unique experience. Tourists and locals alike are crowded shoulder to shoulder on this revolving carnival ride, ordering drinks with exotic names like Vieux Carré, London Fairy, and Corpse Reviver. And Sazeracs, of course....