Carnival and Mardi Gras are celebrated in many countries. Some of the most popular celebrations take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Nice, France; Venice, Italy; Cologne, Germany; Quebec, Canada; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Trinidad and Tobago. The dates in which the celebrations occur vary by location. The most common dates are from Friday before Lent (Ash Wednesday) through Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).
See below the anticipated celebration dates for the next three years:
- 2016 Friday, February 5, through Tuesday, February 9
- 2017 Friday, February 24, through Tuesday, February 28
- 2018 Friday, February 9, through Tuesday, February 13
If you will travel to celebrate Carnival and Mardi Gras, consider the following recommendations from the U.S. Department of State, the CDC and the International Center Risk and Safety Office.
- Follow the Traveler Best Practices to prepare for your trip and obtain institutional travel authorization.
- Read the CDC Carnival and Mardi Gras travel notice.
- Prevent mosquito bites. Visit the CDC Avoid Bug Bites page.
- Follow the CDC advise for Travel to Mass Gatherings, Travel to Hot Climates, Sun Exposure, and Traveler STD.
- Follow the U.S. Department of State Road Safety recommendations.
- Review the Traveler Toolkit for relevant safety and security advice.
The risk information in this report is retrieved from official sources as listed. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the publication date of this post, and go to the direct sources listed above for the most up-to-date information. The information in this post may change without prior notice.