In cities like New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, and other locations in the Americas and Europe, Carnival celebrations are in full swing. Each city has its own unique customs, but the joy and revelry are universal. The festivities include parades, music, and dancing in the streets.
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.
In every city, 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. Festive costumes abound, with some revelers getting creative and making outfits out of beer and soda cans.
Politicians and world figures are lampooned during the parades around the world. Floats in Cologne, Germany feature a giant Vladimir Putin eating Ukraine while 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.