Dancing in the Streets

Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.

Laissez lire, et laissez danser; ces deux amusements ne feront jamais de mal au monde.

Voltaire, Dictionnaire philosophique, Liberté D’Imprimer

There is currently a significant amount of strife in our world.  Yet, this week, I’m feeling the excitement of a celebration.  For a moment in time, people are reveling, enjoying festivities.  They are allowing happiness to take the front seat, while negativity is pushed to the back.   This is the time for carnival.  Around the globe, people are jubilantly carousing.  

Come, let us take a trip to Venice, Italy, where we party in Carnevale Venezia.  Then we are off to Viareggio for the Viareggio Carnevale.  From there, we go to Binche, Belgium to see the Carnaval de Binche, and we head to Tenerife Carnval in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands.  But who can forget about Mardis Gras, as we fly off to the US to collect beads in New Orleans, Louisiana?   Of course, it is the Caribbean who puts the C in carnival, so let’s go to Port of Spain, Trinidad for the Trinidad Carnival. From there, it is a quick jump to Oruro, Bolivia for the Oruro Carnival.  Just when we think the party is over, the best is saved for last.  Fasten your seatbelts, we are in for the ride of our life.   


Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.    The world renowned home of the carnival.   With up to a million tourists, samba schools (twenty six in total) spend a year preparing for this grand celebration.  Spectacular floats, talented bands, and incredible dancers parade in the Sambadrome from Friday February 24th to Tuesday February 28th, and then once again on Saturday March 4th.  The party will not stop.  Perhaps dancing in the streets is the cure for all life’s woes.      

 Image:  The Amazon float. (© Conservation International/photo by Beto Mesquita)

Reference:  Lonely Planet. (2013, January 20). Festivals of the world: where to go in February. Retrieved February 25, 2017, from https://www.lonelyplanet.com/travel-tips-and-articles/76318