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This year's winning samba school won by just one tenth of a point.
Watch this: Italy's Viareggio Carnival marks its 150th anniversary
From gorillas to gas masks and lots of paper mache - Italy's Viareggio Carnival is marking its 150th anniversary with colourful parades after being closed down by the pandemic
WATCH: Samba brings performers worldwide to Rio de Janeiro
Brazil is gearing up for another all-singing and dancing celebration. A style of samba known as "passista" is also popular among international visitors, who share Brazil's love of dancing and participate in the carnival parades.
Giant paper-mache statues hit the streets for Viareggio carnival
Giant paper-mâché carnival floats are back on the streets of Viareggio in Italy, awing crowds of onlookers.
Pastries, parades and parties: A guide to Venice Carnival 2023
This year’s edition of Venice Carnival is the first in three years to take place without any pandemic restrictions.
Venice Carnival returns without pandemic-related restrictions
Packed with water parades, fine dining experiences and masked balls complete with elaborate costumes, the historic festival is back and is taking place in Italy's beloved city of bridges from February 4-21.
People from around the world gather in Venice for carnival parade
Some hundred decorated rowing boats paraded on Sunday, from Punta della Dogana to Rialto Bridge, led by the legendary 7-metre-long papier-maché ‘Pantegana’, which has become one of the symbols of the Venetian carnival.
Watch: Columbia holds its Carnival of 'Blacks and Whites'
Billing itself as a celebration of equality, it has been held for more than a century in a region home to many Afro-Colombians and Indigenous communities heavily marked by racial and economic inequality.
Cape Town Minstrel Carnival returns after two-year Covid-19 hiatus
Around 20,000 performers marched through the streets of Cape Town in South Africa for the Carnival after a two-year hiatus.
Senegal celebrates its cultural riches in third Carnival of Dakar
The West African nation has around 20 ethnic groups and around 40 languages are spoken.
Cologne commemorates 200 years of carnival
Dubbed Germany’s 'fifth season' by locals, Cologne carnival starts every year on 11 November at 11:11am and stretches until Ash Wednesday in February or March.
Watch: Rio Carnival parade makes an emotional return in Brazil
Locals were delighted to welcome carnival floats back to Rio de Janeiro and São Paolo.
Rio de Janiero's colourful carnival returns after pandemic hiatus
Rio de Janiero's Carnival is back for the first time since the pandemic. Brazil's top samba schools took part in the dazzling parade at the Sambadrome.
Burlesque meets Mexican wrestling at this flamboyant carnival in LA
This carnival world, a mix of American burlesque and Mexican wrestling, is stunning audiences once again after a two-year pandemic hiatus.
Germany’s biggest carnival transforms into peace march for Ukraine
Over 250,000 people have turned Cologne’s historic carnival into a peace march for Ukraine
Why are polar bears and spacemen floating down this Italian street?
One of Europe’s most renowned celebrations - the Carnival of Viareggio - is back with a bang after coronavirus restrictions limited last year's plans.
The famous carnival in Nice returns after two years
After a year's absence the party atmosphere returned to the city of Nice as it welcomed back its annual carnival parade
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'Mammalucchi': The Venetian pastry delicacy created by accident
Venice Carnival's tastiest secret is out: mammalucchi, a mouth-watering fried, sugary pastry which began life as an accident, is the treat hankered after by gondoliers and masked revelers alike
Venice partygoers swap COVID masks for carnival outfits
Three years since the last Venice Carnival, revellers swapped their surgical masks for carnival ones and took to the streets.
Venice carnival fun returns tentatively post-virus
Venetians and tourists on Saturday swapped surgical masks for carnival masks and costumes, to mark the start of the famed Venice Carnival celebrations.