• Flickr/MartinaYach

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    The most prized throw at Mardi Gras in New Orleans is the Zulu Coconut, known as the Golden Nugget.

  • Flickr/TerryGeorge

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Rio’s Corado do Bola Preta street parade is the largest bloco of carnival and attended by over 200,000 Carnival revelers.

  • Flickr/Domen Jakus

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Under the rule of the King of Austria, Venice’s carnival was outlawed in 1797, and it didn’t reappear again until 1979.

  • Flickr/gynti_46

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Unlike most carnivals that begin around Fat Tuesday, Cologne’s festival season begins 11 minutes past 11 on the 11th of the 11th month, November.

  • Flickr/payorivero

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    The Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia ends the Monday after Ash Wednesday, known as Dia del Agua (The Day of Water), on which a massive water fight overtakes the town.

  • Flickr/Sylvain513

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    In Belgium, Binche’s unusual carnival involves a parade in which spectators are pelted with oranges as a gift to celebrate the coming summer.

  • Flickr/Alaskan Dude

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Mexico's first Mazatlan celebration occurred in 1898 to replace the “Carnivals of Flour,” as a means to celebrate something more orderly, less dangerous, and with much fewer flour-filled projectiles.

  • Flickr/Brian N

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Murgas, performed at Montevideo’s carnival, are street parodies that satirize Uruguay’s class divide — or, more likely today, Argentina.

  • Flickr/peterandmeredith

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    In France, Nice’s “Bataille de Fleurs” (Battle of Flowers) began in 1856 to entertain foreign revelers who flocked to carnival.

  • Flickr/whl.travel

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    Panama’s Cuelcos are massive water trucks that blast music and water at the people dancing in the street.

  • Flickr/FestiveSearch

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    The Basler Fasnacht lasts exactly 72 hours, stretching from precisely 4:00 a.m. on the Monday after Ash Wednesday to 4:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

  • Flickr/Tjukka2

    12 Carnivals Around the World in Photos

    The official food of Moscow's Maslenitsa, also known as 'Butter Week,' are bliny, or golden pancakes made from butter, eggs, and milk.

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