Carnival of Guadeloupe, West Indies

One of the most important festivals in the West Indies is the carnival of Guadeloupe which takes place for about two weeks and can go up to 4 weeks; but the most important days go from Fat Sunday to the day after Fat Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday. With European origins, this festival has taken place more and more in the West Indian culture and has settled. During this period, there are several events that take place like singing and dancing competitions, costume parades and of course the election of the queen. The most important events take place in Basse-Terre where the public accompanies the musicians, dancers and participants costumed through the streets of the city with the rhythm of the drums. The iconic Carnival character, King Vaval (abreviation of Carnival in Creole), is cremated on Ash Wednesday, ending the festivity and the crowd dresses in black and white for the occasion.

Tips

If you visit Basse-Terre during a ship stop before the carnival, you can usually see some participants who practice for carnival parade during the day in the city center (especially on weekends). This is a good opportunity to know a little about this festivity.

Two or three weeks before the big festivity, you can also attend group parades on Sunday from 17:00.

Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Festival des Neiges of  Montreal is an annual event that takes place every year on several weekends at Parc Jean Drapeau. There are a lot of winter activities and what’s even better is that most of them are completely free, except the glass slides and the dog sled tours.. There are zip lines, skating, glass sculting, shows, music; among others. There is also a special section for younger children. This year the event will take place from January 19th to February 10th.

Tips

The best way to arrive is by metro and go down in Jean-Drapeau Station.

For paid activities, you can buy a pass which will give you unlimited access for the duration of the festival. Children under 2 years do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a family package a little cheaper for 4 people.

Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm.

Dogs on a leash are allowed.