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Best Carnival Celebrations Around the World

Martinique

Truman Capote wrote about the Carnival on this French Caribbean island in Music for Chameleons, describing it as “surprisingly vital, spontaneous and vivid as a bomb explosion in a fireworks factory.” Mardi Gras here is better known as Red Devil Day, where vibrant Diablo costumes, tridents, and horns are de rigueur.

Insider Tip: Unlike other Carnivals, the party here doesn’t end on Ash Wednesday. Instead, red is exchanged for black and white to mark La Fête des Diablesses (the Day of the She-Devils), when mourners gather to make the symbolic death of Vaval, King Carnival.

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