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Get the dust off your masks, the Carnival festivities have begun! Taking place between February and March, this celebration spins our daily lives with parades, parties and costumes Carnival is a well-known festivity in every corner of the Earth. From Mardi Gras to Venice, it brings light, color and laughter along with opulent attires, impossible... Show more

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Carnival can be everywhere with these designs


Symbols and shades of Carnival surround us during the festivities, let’s learn more about them!

Carnival Color Palette

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Flamboyant purple, the color of justice

Purple is a color associated with royalty, opulence and wealth. It was brought into the New Orleans Carnival tradition thanks to King’s Rex verdict in 1872, and nowadays, purple is as New Orleanian as it can get! Myths and legends surround the birth of this decision, as it is said that it was picked to honor the visit of the Grand Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff that took place that very same Carnival. Representing creativity, originality, luxury as well as peace and even magic, purple is the perfect color to give your Carnival designs a unique touch, and make them unforgettable and everlasting.

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Feeling faithful with a vibrant green

Green has many meanings and interpretations, including renewal, birth, nature, energy, and resurrection. The original meaning of the color green and Carnival comes from the catholic tradition of the festivities, as green tends to be interpreted in Christianity as a symbol of growth, new life and re-birth, just like vegetation and wildlife throughout the year and the seasons. It’s a color that can be combined with other shades of green as well as toned-down adjacent color hues such as yellows, blues, and violets. Lots of contrast! What are you waiting to include green splashes in your Carnival designs?

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Dark green splashes and nature connection

We’ve already seen how significant green is in the Carnival tradition, as well as how much history and symbolism it carries. But it doesn’t stop there! Finding an entirely suitable color that matches the previous green tone within the same range of shades is essential when creating a color palette. This green shade, is a tertiary color, which means that it is a combination of primary and secondary colors. Standing as the perfect match for the lighter green we’ve seen, it is also a shade that equates with the rest of the shades such as gold, oranges and even purple!

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Tangerine yellow is a vibrant and colorful tone!

Tangerine Yellow is undoubtedly a favorite among designers. Do you want to know something? Its constituent hue is also a secondary color! The darker and warmer orange shade we saw is a perfect complement to this strong and vibrant yellow, which embraces the Carnival tradition of gold and opulence. Many people dislike the color yellow, but this tone stands out for its lightness, strength, and even happiness! A scientific study found that yellow increases’ serotonin levels, which improves our mood, memory, sleep, desire to eat, and other functions. Surprisingly, it may also increase metabolism and, of course, improve our mood and the mood of those around us!

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Gilded power with a beaming gold shade

As a symbol of wealth, elegance, extravagance, and even warmth, orange tones are highly sought-after, plus, gold is a very desired metal all over the world. Always associated with royalty, overabundance, power, and, of course, divinity. The color gold invades the streets during Carnival, a time of abundance and all-things-appearance, galvanizing them with a feeling of abundance, grandness, and triumph over everything, taking us to a realm of dreams and fantasy. More traditional and solemn colors such as black and cream, as well as blue and pink, pair beautifully with this gold hue. Include gold shades and tones in your designs to make them feel elite.


Discover the origins and myths of Carnival

Carnival celebrations and rituals can be traced back to even around 4000 years ago in Ancient Egypt! The festivities we know and enjoy nowadays are slightly different, and derive from the Latin phrase “carne vale”, which means “to remove flesh”. This stands as a reference to the red meat fasten that takes place in Catholic countries during the Lenten season, where everybody would abstain from eating red meat as a preparation for the Easter season. The Carnival embodies those last days of prosperity, excess, fun and plenitude for all folks, no matter their place in society.

4000 B.C.

Laughter and Divinity in Ancient Egypt

The earliest farming efforts and enjoying how hard work pays off

The origins of Carnival are ancient, diverse and ceremonial, and they can be traced up through many cultures and ages all over the Earth. One of the oldest examples can be found in Ancient Egypt around 4000 B.C., where Agrarian celebrations took place with drinks, dances and general bliss in the community. These festivities are considered timeless, with a tradition dating back to mankind’s earliest farming efforts and enjoying how hard work pays off. This could mark the beginning and inception of the most popular party in history.

500 B.C.

Dionysia and Brumalia Festivals

Monumental spring festival in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine

It’s not for nothing that the ancients were known for their parties, fests and shindigs! Among the oldest of gatherings we find Dionysia, sometimes referred and known as Bacchanalia, which was a monumental spring festival held in Ancient Greece in honor of Dionysus, the god of wine. The Romans embraced this tradition and celebrated it fatuously up until the middle of the 10th century under the name of Brumalia, to honor their particular wine deities. These festivities included feasting, drinking, and merriment for as long as the bodies could handle it!

1200 A.C.

Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday

Finding absolution for your sins by undergoing penance and confession

The day before Ash Wednesday, which marks the very beginning of the Lenten season, is Shrove Tuesday. The word shrove refers to finding absolution for your sins by undergoing penance and confession. That’s why it was named after the custom of Christians to confess at the start of Lent. Also known as Mardi Gras, the French translation for Fat Tuesday, it’s the last night where eating fine meals and acting lavishly is allowed before the sacrifices and fasting of the Lenten season take place. During these last days, people dress up and parade the streets to the rhythm of music!

1800 A.C.

Origins of Caribbean Carnival

The role of the colonizers

Carnival in the Caribbean has a complicated origin and birth. It is undoubtedly tied to colonialism, religious conversion, and ultimately, the celebration of freedom. The pre-Lenten tradition was brought to many Caribbean Islands such as Trinidad, Dominica, Haiti or Martinique by the Catholic French and Spanish, who settled on these islands. The Fat Tuesday tradition was then imported to these islands in the late 18th century, and the people celebrated their native culture and their emancipation with music, dances and incredible attires.


Let’s Carnival all over the place!

We’ve seen how the roots and origins of Carnival go back in time for a long time and how they span across many countries and cultures, but how has the tradition evolved? How do people celebrate Carnival in modern times? Let’s take a stroll around the world and learn more about it!


The most famous Carnival in the world. Rio during Carnival is like no other place on Earth! Samba, colors, lights, music — everything is filled with adornments and a great ambiance. There’s about two million people in the city during the festivities, and over 200 samba schools take the streets. Looking for the best place to live the full Carnival experience? You’re headed to the Sambadrome! It’s an impressive venue — designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer — where samba schools parade for hours and more than 72,500 spectators can dance from the stands! The term comes from the word “samba”, name of the Brazilian music genre and the suffix “-dromo” meaning open air venue. Plus — did you know that the prizes of the very impressive costumes can be as high as 10k dollars? Risky to walk around! But don’t worry, in Rio anyone is allowed to participate in the street festivals and parades, it takes nothing to jump in so valeu, obrigado!

Trinidad and Tobago

Calypso and soca music resonates throughout the island. Masquerades, dances and marches thrive on the streets of Trinidad and Tobago the two days prior to Ash Wednesday. This Carnival is known for its exuberant costumes, newly-crowned king and queen, colorful decorations as well as calypso and soca music that resonates throughout the island. One of the main parties you can’t miss is J’ouvert. On Monday, before the very first light, people will cover their bodies with mud, oil and paint and jump to the streets! But it’s a festivity also known for its very peculiar characters, specific to this celebration. Figures like the Burrokeet, Moko jumbie or Jab Jab flood the streets, from dusk to dawn, and share references to the history and traditions of the islanders, known as Trinis. And remember, during Carnival, any time is Trinidad time!


Murgas, comparsas and rondallas tour the Canary islands non-stop! Vastly different from its festivity sibling — the one that takes place in Cadiz — the Carnival of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is held every February in the largest of the Canary Islands, south of Spain. This Carnival is one of the most renowned worldwide, and is visited by tourists from all over the world. The festivities on the streets start on Friday with an opening parade with thousands of people dressed up in fancy outfits that dance for hours throughout the night. The official Carnival, however, has more than a hundred of music groups that range from murgas, comparsas and rondallas that tour the island non-stop! The top event is the Carnival Queen selection. In a spectacular gala, the candidates show their incredible attires -heavily inspired by Latin-American traditions—impossible heels and runaway skills, and the winner gets to be the ambassador for the Canary Islands in tourism fairs ¡Vamos!

United States

The colors unfolds right in the streets of New Orleans. Mardi on! One of the greatest Carnivals in the States unfolds right in the streets of New Orleans. Green, yellow and purple are the colors that are present everywhere, from costumes, stages and even long beads. The city blossoms and parades are alive with people playing music, eating food, drinking and dancing all over the place. Don’t forget to visit the Flambeaux, a parade where wooden torches were carried to illuminate the Carnival at night. As the men dance down the street, they transform the torches into a spectacle as they wave and spin them. And the most important event, the presentation of Rex, the King of Carnival! It’s chosen every year, and his identity is revealed just a day before the parade. Remember, don’t forget to bring a bag and save as many beads as you can!


Benvenuti al Carnevale di Venezia! The most famous and elegant, this festivity has been around since the twelfth century! Known for the distinctive outfits and accessories, one of the most iconic masks is the Medico della peste (Plague doctor), with a very recognizable long beak. Its original use was sanitary, against the plague. Opulent dresses and gowns are displayed around the streets of Venice, accompanied by incredibly detailed masks and headdresses. Beginning with an opening weekend, accompanied by a closing weekend as well, the most important event of the carnival has to be the maschera più bella contest (the most beautiful mask) where a professional jury votes and picks the most stunning of them all. During the Carnival, the city is flooded by tourists trying to find a spot in Piazza San Marco to take a glimpse at the marvelous costumes, Sometimes’ there’s so many people that policeman have to control the pedestrians’ traffic in the streets!


A beautiful festivity takes place and warms our hearts. Bonjour Bonhomme! We’ve just arrived to the Quebec Winter Carnival, and amidst the cold and the snow, a beautiful festivity takes place and warms our hearts. A Carnival that has been going on since 1894, it features a set of traditions that last to this very day! From red clothing to music and drinks, it’s important that you wear your Ceinture fléchée. Also known as an arrow shash, it’s a traditional belt that’s worn around the waist to keep the cold at bay. The king of the festivities is Bonhomme the snowman! He loves to welcome visitors and locals, and it’s dressed with a red tuqué (a hat) and an arrow shash. To keep us warm, drinking Caribou is the best option while strolling the streets, enjoying the masquerades and gliding down ice slides. Remember to wear warm and comfortable clothes!

United Kingdom

Notting Hill Carnival transport us to the Caribbean! We move down on the calendar, and as August approaches, so does the Notting Hill Carnival! Taking over the streets of Kensington, west of Central London, these festivities transport us to the Caribbean! Since 1955, the British Afro-Caribbean community embraces and shares its traditions, colors and music from Thursday to Monday night. It attracts over 2 million people every year, making it the second largest after Rio de Janeiro. But wait, tourists only make 20% of the festival’s crowd! Plenty of Mas bands tour the city, each one with about 80 to 300 participants, and on the last day, beware! Some Carnival goers will slap you with melted chocolate. Fun fact! Did you know that the band Pink Floyd played one of their first gigs as part of the original festival?


“Bataille de Fleurs” where more than 100,000 lilies, mimosas and many more flowers are thrown to the stunned spectators. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Let the good time roll with this festival, taking place in Nice, just by the French Riviera. It’s one of the oldest Carnivals, as its existence can be traced back to 1294! For two-weeks, this event attracts over a million tourists to the Côte d’Azur. Every year, a brand-new theme is proposed, and a king and queen are elected. Watch them take part in extravagant floats, grosses têtes dances (giant head figures) and a beautiful flower parade, known as the “Bataille de Fleurs” where more than 100,000 lilies, mimosas and many more flowers are thrown to the stunned spectators. You can’t miss the parade of lights! Where figures and shapes are projected into the sky while floats twinkle in the night, and more than 20 tonnes of confetti are used! Ready to live Carnival in the French style?