New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro and other cities worldwide are in full swing with Carnival celebrations. Each location has its unique customs but the joy and revelry are universal. Parades, music, and dancing in the streets are all part of the festivities.
Parades feature dancers in elaborate costumes 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.
The streets are filled with shoulder-to-shoulder crowds savoring 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 cans.
Politicians and world figures are lampooned during the parades around the world. In Cologne, Germany, a float featuring a giant Vladimir Putin eating Ukraine was seen while caricatures of Donald Trump, President Joe Biden and other local figures were showcased in New Orleans. The revelry continues to grow as Carnival reaches its peak before the start of Lent.