Carnival Season in Cologne

Carnival season is upon us! Locals, immigrants and tourists alike ring in the crazy celebrations in Cologne with parades, costumes and masked balls galore. With an entire week dedicated to wild festivities, it’s no wonder that the Cologne Carnival is hailed the “Party des Jahres” (whatever that means…)

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Rio Carnival Fills the Streets

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is the biggest carnival in the world and a famous festival celebrated by millions each year. This wild, 4 day celebration, lasting from February 28th to March 4th, has an electrifying energy that attracts visitors from all over the globe.

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With the first carnival dating back to 1823, the city has had enough time to master the art of celebration. There are about 200 samba schools represented during the parades, all competing to be the top performers. Each school decorates a float, for which they pick a theme, write their own music, make costumes and practices all year long to succeed in the parade.