Mardi Gras vs. Carnival – The coolest hot spots east and west of the Atlantic (Some music here, too!)

Carnival returns every year like Easter or Independece Day, but not to every place in the United States and Germany. But where to be to party, and where to be to avoid it like the plague?

Before you get the chart of places and faces we like to introduce you to Carnival with some music. Just to make sure if you like it or not.

Below a song to sing. It’s some kind folk tune by the Cologne band “Die Hoehner”. The name in local slang means: The Chickens… (Yeah, we know. There are only men in the band).

The song is called “Give Me Your Heart” and was written with this bridge in mind (check out our earlier article and video via this link).

(Video by WDR via KoelscheToen111)

Now the chart. Did you expect to have a large community of people who celebrate carnival in Namibia, Africa? We didn’t, but there is one. The town of Swakopmund has its annual carnival called KUSKA – Kuste Karneval or Coast Carnival. It’s in August and September and heavily inspired by Dutch who once colonized the country.

Also revealed by this chart is the place of birth of Mardi Gras in the United States. Mardi Grasis French for Fat Tuesday, referring to the practice of the last night of eating richer, fatty foods before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season, which begins on Ash Wednesday.” [source]

According to some people in Alabama the town of Mobile is the cradle of Mardi Gras west of the Atlantic. Check out this article by German magazine Der Spiegel for more information on that.

Do you like or dislike Carnival/Mardi Gras? Your statement in a comment below. Just one word. Yes or no…

Additional reading:

Mardi Gras revs up along the Gulf Coast (Photo Gallery at LA Times Framework)

Helau! (Carnival in Germany experienced by An Arizona girl)

A traditional Brazilian Carnival song (via Around B.R.A.Z.I.L.)



One thought on “Mardi Gras vs. Carnival – The coolest hot spots east and west of the Atlantic (Some music here, too!)

  1. Thanks for the like, for linking back to my blog, and for following! It’s been fun writing about the transition from Arizona to Germany, and it’s nice to know that other people are enjoying reading. the transatlantic diablog is a great idea! Love it!!!


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