Best Carnival Celebrations Around the World
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/95997726@N00/sets/72157629563901771/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Matthew Cowen</a>
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.