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1. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 327 posts) 9y

Just got back from a 2 week Carnival celebration in Brazil, and had a blast! Asking the opinions of any seasoned travelers: What was 'THE" festival or party you had the pleasure in experiencing?

M.

2. Posted by NiuMei84 (Full Member 113 posts) 9y

Just had to post and tell..last week I watched this dvd about Great Festivals in the world.It was a great dvd,"document" but there were few pretty scary festivals like in Pakistan and somewhere else which I can't remember right now.I'd love to visit Rio when the carnivals are on.

Glad to hear that you had fun there!

3. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5579 posts) 9y

I've been to both Mardi Gras in Sydney and Mardi GRASS in Nimbin, Australia. The first one is a good party and one of the busiest times of the year in Sydney.

The second one is a little sad to be quite honest, although some people like it.... the sad thing is the way this village has turned out. On every corner there are little kids walking around in between the drugs and needles while tour busses crowed the town to see what it's about. It's even crazier now than years ago when I was there aparently....

For those that don't know what I am talking about, check out the Nimbin Mardi Grass website...

4. Posted by remarcable (Respected Member 327 posts) 9y

Carnival is really a must do! If not the parties, but music and culture. I been home for 2 days know, and still have a hangover!

M.

5. Posted by noemagosa (Full Member 355 posts) 9y

I don't know if you call that a festival, but I was in Siena, Italy, during the celebration called: "Il Palio delle contrade", that is a horse race through the town... It's an historical event and still has lots of local flavour!!

check this site in English : Siena's Palio Horse Race
Or that other in Italian : Il Palio di Siena.

And for people who like costumes, another celebration was nice that was in Québec city, Canada, it happends every year and its called "Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France". Locals dress up with 17th- and 18th-century costumes!... and of course there is music and dancing!

Cheers!

6. Posted by Isadora (Moderator 13924 posts) 9y

Just returned from 2 weeks in Panama. Though Carnaval there is not on the same scale as in Brazil - it was still great fun. Each village celebrates in their own way and Tuesday (2-8) in Panama City for the parade and party was exciting.

Carnaval in Antigua is also an experience to remember. The Antiguan Carnaval is held in early August to celebrate the sugar cane harvest - even though they don't grow cane anymore. About 65-75% of the island's population attends the festivities in St. John on the last day. There's a parade to the soccer grounds and a huge stage show with all the different "tribes" displaying their colors. More than half of the 75% in attendance participate in the show. Other Caribbean islands, such as Jamaica, St. Vincent and more, also send representatives to join in the celebration.

7. Posted by Kapuchok (Full Member 101 posts) 9y

Quoting remarcable

What was 'THE" festival or party you had the pleasure in experiencing?

ROCK IN RIO in Lisbon ;)

8. Posted by MattXIII (Full Member 272 posts) 9y

Went to the eel smoking festival in Holland

9. Posted by applegirl (Full Member 144 posts) 9y

Festivals like Glastonbury (England) and Roskilde (Denmark) have been great fun, they're like a trip to a different planet, filled with happy free spirited people and of course lots of music. Have to say they've provided me with some great insights and memories, but this year I'll probably give it a miss. I'm becoming a bit lazy I'm afraid...

Also when I first moved to London I loved the free party scene; discovered some great sound systems which organised parties every month or so (at a secret location - ...we'll not secret for those in the know..) These parties used to take place in everything from old abandoned industrial sites to really posh abandoned - believe it or not - mansions around London, and usually lasted for 12-48 hours. It was more than just music (drum'n'bass, trance, jungle, deep house etcetera) usually there were chill out rooms, sometimes with a masseuse/eur, fireplaces in the garden, people playing bongo drums. Well, these parties were quite wonderful, great fun and mad ( we were a very happy happy mad crowd!) and most oftenly involved an assortment of chemicals to be honest
Anyway no matter how fun they were I got bored in the end... But must say they've given me some hilarious memories indeed ;)

10. Posted by lil j (Travel Guru 1303 posts) 9y

Well i've only ever been to party in the park-in London. Great day-got right to the front, wahooo!!! yipee!!!!!

Will have to go to the V festival soon-seeing as it's not far from me!!