Carnaval&Mardi Gras in Hawai’i


We try to bring Carnaval traditions to Hawaii and celebrate it with different folks from around the world.

Hawaii celebrates Carnaval festivals every year.

Little bit about the history of Carnival and how different countries celebrate it;


Carnaval in Brazil is an all around unforgettable experience, celebrated all over the country, but it’s no surprise that Rio de Janeiro Carnival is the funniest and the most spectacular. Recife/Olinda and Salvador have their own unique carnival celebrations. – See more at:


Carnaval de Barranquilla: Billed as the most colorful carnival in the world, Colombians take to the streets for this annual four-day bacchanal, fusing aboriginal ceremonies with the Afro-Colombian music of Colombia’s coastal regions and Catholic festivities brought to the region by Spanish colonists ProExport


Haiti’s largest annual event takes place throughout the country. Like New Orleans’ Mardi Gras celebration, Haiti’s Carnival involves parades, costumes, local music and dancing in the streets to herald holy season. Fat Tuesday falls before Easter and has families dining on banquets at home. Meanwhile, in the streets, the festivities continue far into the night.


The Carnival of Venice (ItalianCarnevale di Venezia) is an annual festival, held in VeniceItaly. The Carnival ends with the Christan celebration of Lent, forty days before Easter on Shrove Tuesday (Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras), the day before Ash Wednesday.

New Orleans

Mardi Gras

The New Orleans Carnival season, a variation of the traditional manner of preparing for the start of the Catholic season of Lent, starts afterTwelfth Night, on Epiphany (January 6). It is a season of paradesballs (some of them masquerade balls), and king cake parties. It has traditionally been part of the winter social season; which at one time was when parties for Southern Society women, débutante balls, were arranged.

Celebrations are concentrated for about two weeks before and through Fat Tuesday (Mardi Gras in French), the day before Ash Wednesday. Usually there is one major parade each day (weather permitting); many days have several large parades. The largest and most elaborate parades take place the last five days of the season. In the final week of Carnival, many events large and small occur throughout New Orleans and surrounding communities. Neighboring communities also hold Carnival celebrations.


Tahitians celebrate Mardi Gras on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. They have floats call flower boats. They wear traditional costumes, play music, dance traditional dances (hand dance and warrior dance), and compete in competitions (singing, stone lifting, fruit carrying, etc.).


The German carnival season begins on November 11th of each year, at 11 minutes after 11 am. It is the time of breaking rules, to have fun and to even mock politicians. The tradition can be traced back to the medieval times.

In parts of East and South Germany carnival is called “Fasching” while other parts e.g. in the southwest name it “Fastnacht”. The three biggest cities celebrating carnival are Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz. The big parades are being held on the weekend and on Rosenmontag (Rose Monday). The parades are long and consist a lot of floats, dancers and musicians who shout out “Helau” and throw goodies out to the crowds .


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