The world Begins the season of carnivals
Carnival “peak” in the world falls on February and the first half of March. Although the Russians and the Belarusians have not yet caught up with the Europeans in the desire to regularly attend such events, interest in foreign costumed festivals and carnivals is increasing every year.
“This segment is just beginning to develop, however, in my opinion, for event tourism future. This is a chance not only to relax in a country, but also a lot to see”, – said General Director of “Pegasus” Anna Podgornaya.
According to her, while Russian and Belarusian tourists are not so actively interested in carnivals and other similar events taking place abroad, so for the tour operators and travel agents have the task to promote event tourism, especially in the off-season.
The most famous carnivals are traditionally held in Europe – Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Germany. Also at the end of February carnivals will be held in Andorra, from 28 February to 6 March in the Dominican Republic, from 9 to 12 February in India, from 14 to 22 February in Mexico.
From 15 February to 6 March 2013 the annual carnival will be held in nice, France
“Today, traditional carnival is the biggest winter event in the côte d’azur and from year to year attracts over a million spectators from around the world”, – told in the tourist office of nice.
The theme of the 129-th carnival of nice – “king of the five continents”. The celebration will last for two weeks, during which time in nice will be held daily and nightly parades, and end the feast with a solemn burning of the doll of the king of papier-mache and a big salute.
In Spain the carnival procession lasts throughout February. The most famous Spanish carnival in the Canary Islands: to participate in the festivities on the streets of different cities of the island of Gran Canaria, overlooking thousands of people. The most colorful is the opening of the carnival hours a procession, accompanied by fireworks, music and dancing.
Carnivals in Spain are accompanied by numerous disguises and role reversal: men dress up in women’s apparel, depict the rich the poor, etc. At the end of the carnival in Spain is usually happen “burying the sardine” – the burning of huge fish from papier-mache, symbolizing the beginning of lent for Catholics.
One of the world’s most famous carnival is held in Venice every year is visited by over 3 million people. In 2013, carnival in Venice will be held from 2 to 12 February. One of the main symbols of the Venetian carnival mask, and one of the most important events of the carnival in Venice is a contest for the best mask.
In addition to traditional street processions and performances in Venice are many colorful events, including stylized costume balls and receptions, and if festivities – fun free, carnival activities you can only get the tickets, the cost of which varies from 100 to 1000 euros. Usually tourists that come to the carnival in Venice to participate in the festivities take carnival costumes for rent – this costs from 250 Euro per person.
Many group tours of Italy also include a visit to the Venetian carnival, however, such tours provides for only one day stay in Venice. That is why most people wishing to visit the carnival book vouchers on an individual basis.
“The interest in individual tours in Venice during the carnival is not exactly less than last year. Bookings this year a lot,” – said in the company PAC Group.
According to a lead Manager for Italy “Italy tour” Anna Karaseva, accommodation in Venice during the carnival rises in price in 1,5-2 times. The cost of a five-day private tour to the carnival in Venice will be at least 1000 Euro per person accommodation in 3* hotel including airfare.