10 festivals you won’t want to miss

Day of the Dead

31 October-2 November 2018


Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead – is a time to remember all of those who have passed in a joyful celebration of their life. Catch a glimpse of the festivities in the opening scenes of the James Bond film, Spectre.

Venice Carnival

16 February-05 March 2018

Venice, Italy

Attend one of the grand masked balls that thrive on opulence, catch a water parade or watch an extravagant masked procession through St Mark’s Square.

Mardi Gras in New Orleans

05 March 2018

New Orleans, USA

Mardi Gras in New Orleans is one of the best parties in the world. Each ‘krewe’ will try and wow you with their beautiful, elaborate or satirical float during the parade.

Chinese New Year in Hong Kong

05 February 2018

Hong Kong

Line the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui to witness the spectacular night parade and catch the most incredible fireworks display over the harbour.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras

16 February-04 March 2018

Sydney, Australia

World famous, loud and proud, head to Sydney for one of the most energetic, flamboyant and dazzling parades in the world.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival

04-05 March 2018

Port of Spain, Trinidad

As the rum flows and the feathered headresses are donned, join locals with an insatiable stamina for partying as the pulsating music begins.

Carnevale di Viareggio

27 January-17 February 2018

Viareggio, Italy

Travel to the Tuscan coast to experience this ‘moving art exhibition’ of papier-mâché floats, some of which are a staggering five storeys high and hold up to 200 people.

Loy Krathong Festival

23 November 2018

Chiang Mai, Thailand

Watching swarms of sky lanterns being launched into the air will be a moment you’ll never forget as locals celebrate Loy Krathong, the full moon of the second month.

Thanksgiving in New York

22 November 2018

New York, USA

Catch the 91st annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, bag Black Friday bargains the day after and stay on a few days more to catch the lighting of the Rockefeller Christmas tree.

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