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Sitges Carnival

Sitges, Spain

Acknowledged by the straight and gay press as Spain's wildest party, the Sitges Carnival entertains even the most demanding visitor. Its most popular days see the streets of the fishing village cum popular gay resort packed with around 250,000 revellers. Catalonians, French, English, Italians and Germans all turn out for the Sitges Carnival, dressed up to the nines and ready to party. Jueves Lardero ("Fatty Thursday") marks the beginning of carnival with a gargantuan celebration of local dishes. There's more to do than eat, though. The busiest days are Sunday and Tuesday, when the local carnival guilds parade down the Rúa del Extermini in decorated carriages, sporting some amazingly kitsch, razzle-dazzle outfits.
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Cologne Karneval

Cologne, Germany

THE event of the year in Cologne. It sets the whole city completely out of normal order for almost a week, starting on thursday morning and ending at early wednesday morning. The classic bar/street-Karneval is to be found mostly in the gaybars around Rudolphplatz / Schaafenstrasse. Brennerei Weiss is a typical 'must' (be early – it is always overcrowded and you have to queue up and wait to be let in!!). Otherwise just walk down Schaafenstrasse and look around (don't forget that some of the bars are just on one of the sidestreets like Ixbar, Champagner or Maxbar) Especially Weiberfastnacht (Thursday) as a nice atmosphear as it is very local and people are still full of energy and expectations. Important Tip: Get rid of your coat or winterjacket before you start serious karnevalling! There is a coat check in the staircase next to ex-Corner!!!
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Carnival Rio

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The world most famous Carnival is creating an exploding vibe along Rio. With different gay club and street parties (Ipanema) and of course the world famous samba parades at the Sambadrome. Make sure you do not miss the big parade at the Sambadrome on Sunday or Monday night. It consists of 700 m stretch of the Marquês de Sapucaí street converted into a permanent parade ground with bleachers built on either side for spectators. Its capacity is 90.000. The performance take many hours, from the evening till early in the next morning. It takes 80 minutes for s Samba school to cross the stadium, it's really spectacular. For tourists some hours is usually enough though. Tickets can be very expensive, few hundred dollars each for good places. Around the stadium you can also buy buy much cheaper tickets at the streets around the stadium for the lower cost grand stands at the beginning or the end of the Sambadrome.
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Carnival Gran Canaria

Maspalomas, Spain

The Maspalomas Carnival is an annual, taking place at the infamous Yumbo Center. It's mixed, but due to the dominant gay crowds, as Yumbo is the Gay Centre of Gran Canaria, it has a firm pink element to it. Al lthe gay bars and clubs host special events. The Carnval in Playa del Ingles is a very popular period to visit. Make sure to book a hotel near the Yumbo Center. There is all the action!

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