Carnival, Carnaval, Carnevale

This global Latin party starts right after Christmas and ends on Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras

Barranquilla Carnival 2020 is the world’s second biggest Carnival

Sat-Tues, Feb 22-25, 2020
BARRANQUILLA, Colombia ~ This Colombian carnival festival is a unique blend of Colombian, Caribbean and Latin culture

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival 2020

February 24-25, 2020
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad ~ One of the world’s great Carnivals set patterns for Carnivals around the world

Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) ends Carnival Season

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana ~ “Fat Tuesday” is the end of Carnival before the pious Catholic fast of Lent

Celebrate Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
This day of repentance starts the Catholic period of devotion leading to Easter. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”


Carnival is an old Italian winter festival that was spread around the world with the Roman Catholic religion in the Colonial Period.

It is a reversal ritual where social roles and morals are more relaxed. This reversal is related to the seasons. In the northern hemisphere, summer is a busy work time, but winter is quieter. This is even evident in the Spanish language. “Invierno”, Spanish for “winter” is obviously related to inversion.

There can be a lot of sex during Carnival. That also makes sense in the context of agrarian cultures. Pregnancies begun in February or March would produce births in November or December. That gave mothers more time to spend with their new babies.

During the Colonial Period, Carnival might be the only time Africans were allowed to celebrate their traditions. That made it a cherished mix of European, African and local traditions.

In Latin countries, Carnival is traditionally celebrated before Ash Wednesday and Lent. In countries where Great Britain was the last colonizer, it is celebrated at other times of the year.

Trinidad and Tobago Carnival is the inspiration for New York City’s Labor Day Carnival and established carnival traditions now practiced around the world.

Many small towns across the Hispanic world have patron saint festivals (fiestas patronales) which are local carnivals. These happen all year long around the saint’s feast day. In Puerto Rico, there are several fiestas patronales every week. They are really magical.


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Past Carnivals

J’Ouvert Parade 2019

Monday, September 2, 2019
PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn ~ The J’Ouvert Parade forms at Grand Army Plaza, marches through the Park, to Empire, and down Nostrand to Midwood St

West Indian Day Parade 2019 NYC’s Labor Day Carnival

Thu-Mon, Aug 29-Sep 2, 2019
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
Reggae Afrobeats Soca
Summer Jam Youth Fest
BrassFest
Junior Carnival Parade
Panorama Steelband Championship
Dimanche Gras Carnival Sunday Party
VIP Breakfast
Parade
CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn ~ The Brooklyn Museum and the Parade on Eastern Avenue turns the neighborhood into a Caribbean Carnival

West Indian Day Parade 2018 New York Caribbean Carnival

Brooklyn Museum
Prospect Park, Brooklyn
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Reggae | Afrobeats | Soca Unda Di Stars!
Thursday, August 30, 2018
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Youth Fest
Brass Fest
Friday, August 31, 2018
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Junior Carnival Parade
Steelband Panorama
Saturday, September 1, 2018
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Dimanche Gras Grand Finale
Sunday, September 2, 2018
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West Indian Day Parade
Eastern Parkway
Schenectady to Grand Army Plaza
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Monday, September 3, 2018

West Indian Day Parade New York Caribbean Carnival 2017

Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Ave to Grand Army Plaza
Crown Heights, Brooklyn
Monday, September 4, 2017