The joyous Carnival celebrations are in full swing in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and other locations across the Americas and Europe. Each city boasts its own unique customs, but there are undeniable similarities in the festivities.
In New Orleans, dancers in feathered headdresses can be seen gyrating and strutting in parades featuring elaborate floats with giant figures of Greek gods or pop stars. The streets are filled with revelers in costumes, and the themes of the various festivities range from whimsical to satirical. Outside Bourbon Street nightclubs in New Orleans, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds savor the music and rhythms from music trucks.
As the celebrations grew over the weekend, fanciful costumes became more common. In Salvador da Bahia, Brazil, one group of revelers even wore costumes made from beer and soda cans during a parade on Sunday. In Cologne, Germany, a float showed a giant Vladimir Putin eating Ukraine with the words “Choke on it” lettered on it. In New Orleans, politicians and world figures were not immune to being lampooned during the Carnival celebrations. Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, and the local mayor were all ridiculed in caricatures on floats.
The music trucks outside Bourbon Street nightclubs in New Orleans were packed with people enjoying live performances by local musicians. The lively atmosphere was infectious as people danced to upbeat rhythms late into the night. It was clear that everyone was having a great time at this year’s Carnival celebrations.