The carnival season is in full swing across the globe, with cities like New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro leading the way. Each city has its own unique customs, but the joy and revelry are universal. Parades, music, and dancing in the streets are all part of the festivities.
In every city, parades feature dancers in elaborate costumes, often with feathered headdresses, and extravagant floats adorned with giant figures. The themes of the parades vary from whimsical to satirical, with some floats poking fun at politicians and world figures.
Festive costumes abound, with some revelers getting creative and making outfits out of beer and soda cans. The streets are filled with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds, savoring the music and rhythms alongside music trucks in Salvador or outside nightclubs in New Orleans.
Around the world, politicians and world figures are lampooned during the parades. Floats in Cologne, Germany, featuring a giant Vladimir Putin eating Ukraine, and caricatures of Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, and other local figures in New Orleans showcase the satirical nature of the celebrations. The revelry continues to grow as Carnival reaches its peak before the start of Lent.