Words by Aislinn Corbet
Festivals are not what they used to be.
Back in the day it was all about the music; today it is about the experience. Organisers are pulling out all the stops to offer the ultimate festival experience and festival lovers are paying attention.
From the wild jungles of Borneo to the dusty desert of Nevada – festivals are springing up all around the world in some of the most spectacular locations with features that border on absurd.
These are some of the best (and unusual) festivals around the world that are worth the jet lag.
New Orleans, United States: Mardi Gras
There ain’t no party like Mardi Gras in New Orleans.
Mardi Gras (a.k.a. Fat Tuesday) is a time for wild indulgence before the fasting rituals of Lent begin. In New Orleans that entails parades of elaborate floats, street parties that go on into the night, and an atmosphere you won’t be able to resist getting pulled into.
The French Quarter is the indisputable heart of the festivities, but celebrations happen in Lafayette, Baton Rouge, Alexandria, and Lake Charles too. It begins in January and culminates on 25 February.
When: 4 January to 25 February 2020
Where: Throughout the cityRead more