This week’s travel destination guide shares Amazing Travel Adventures – Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is known by many names in many countries but the festivities of fun and food remain the same. Travel with me to several Mardi Gras celebrations around the world. Let the good times roll!
Carnival of Venice – Italy
The Carnival of Venice is an annual carnival event. The fun begins on Shrove Tuesday and ends with the Christian celebration of Ash Wednesday. The Venice festival is world renowned for its elaborate masks and costumes.
This Italian festival is said to have started in 1162. The festival was outlawed in 1797. The festival returned, publicly and with the government’s blessings, in 1979. It has been growing in attendance and. For more information and updates regarding festivities www.visit-Venice-Italy.com or click here.
Karneval Mardi Gras – GermanY
German Karneval Mardi Gras. Germans call carnival the 5th season of the year or “crazy days”. There are six amazing days of different festivities that highlight the coming of Ash Wednesday
Fat Thursday, or Weiberfastnacht, is celebrating women. They take over the town and run the city. Sooty Friday showcases Carnival festivities such as dances, sketches and speeches. Smaltzy Saturday showcases parades both small and large. Shrove Monday all TV stations broadcast all of the parades from the different regions. Shrove Tuesday ends in a masquerade ball. At the stroke of midnight everyone in attendance removes their masks and Ash Wednesday begins.
Sydney Mardi Gras – Australia
Sydney’s Mardi Gras is an annul LGBTQI pride parade and festival. The festival started as a gay rights parade in 1978. It has grown into one of the largest festivals in the world. The festival maintains its political roots and continues to promote LGBTQI rights and current issues. For more information and updates visit http://www.mardigras.org.au or click here.
Sydney has won the bid to host the World Pride event in 2023. Congratulations Sydney! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜
Photos courtesy of Vogue Australia
New Orleans Mardi Gras – United States
New Orleans’ Mardi Gras is the largest celebration in all of Louisiana, maybe all of the United States. Celebrations take place for about 2 weeks prior to Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The closer it gets to Ash Wednesday and bigger and larger the celebrations become. Parades take place every day of the week with the largest held on Fat Tuesday through the streets of New Orleans. Masquerade Balls are also very popular events. The celebration is full of amazing Costumes. Lots of amazing music. So much amazing food. And the people, so many amazing people. I highly recommend putting Fat Tuesday in New Orleans on your must see list. Just not 2021.
Oh, 2020! Why are you still creating havoc and canceling events! All Mardi Gras parades and celebrations have been canceled for 2021. There are some amazing homes and neighborhoods that are decorating and keeping the Mardi Gras spirit alive. You might knock New Orleans down but it will get back up!
A Stands for Amazing Travel Adventures – Mardi Gras Around the World
Thank you for traveling with me around the world for Mardi Gras. Carnival of Venice, your costumes and masks are breathtaking. German Karneval, your week of events and festivities will need running shoes to keep up. Sydney Mardi Gras, still as strong and as loud as you were when it all began. Thank you! New Orleans Mardi Gras canceled for 2021 but we all know you will be back and better than ever!
Did your favorite Mardi Gras celebration location make my list? Was your celebrations canceled for 2021? Will you be attending 2022’s events?
Read my A Stands for Amazing Travel Adventures – Louisiana blog post or click here for more adventures to discover.
Until Next Time,