Queer Rio – Gay Star News

Author: , December 14th, 2017

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Over 2 million people travel to Rio de Janeiro each year for some of the world’s greatest Réveillon (New Year’s Eve) celebrations. Revellers gather along the iconic Copacabana beach to send off the past year in style.

While Réveillon is a great time of year to visit this vibrant city, Rio is a year-round destination that always offers something of interest.


Rio’s famous carnival is held before the celebration of Lent each year – a tradition that dates back to the early 1700s. Drawing around two million people to the streets of Rio on each day of the carnival, it’s considered to be the world’s biggest carnival. It’s during the carnival that you’ll see the spectacular parades of the city’s samba schools. This is a time for music and dancing and partying in the streets.
In 2018 the carnival will be held from 9 February to 14 February.

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Queernaval to Launch in Nice, France in February

Author: , December 5th, 2014

QueernavalFluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or ‘Queernaval,’ is to launch in Nice, France next year.

The free event will take place in the sunshine city on the 27 February, with a burlesque procession passing through the streets of Nice Old Town.

Its organizers – including Jean-Louis Longo of July’s Pink Parade, the city’s annual gay pride event – promise an evening of ‘feathers, sequins and extravagant make-up.’

By Jamie Tabberer – Full Story at Gay Star News | Southeast France Gay Travel Resources


Author: , January 17th, 2013

Every year Merida, Mexico hosts one of the largest and best Carnavals in the world. This year, from February 6 – 13, locals and travelers alike will put on their dancing shoes, their colorful costumes, and headdresses to enjoy internationally known artists from the worlds of music and dance, parades, and daily events that will help bring out your wild side. Carnaval1

This year’s Carnaval, titled “Mérida Mística”, brings to the Yucatan internationally known artists to enthrall us with their music and dancing. From Salsa bands to traditional folk music, from lovely women and handsome men in traditional costumes presenting traditional Mexican dance to brightly costumed modern dancers, Carnaval week promises something for everyone. But music and dance are but one part of Carnaval. There are parades, from the opening parade with floats featuring school-age children, to the more adult-themed parties and parades later in the week. Men and women dress up in their most colorful costumes representing their long heritage in the Yucatan.
The week begins with the “Burning of the Bad Humor” in the main square, or zocalo. Each night will see a parade through town with a different theme. Thursday is the pre-school parade, followed on Friday by the Corso parade, and the week continues with the Fantasy Parade, Bachata Parade, Regional Parade, the Battle of the Flowers, and the week ends up with the Burning of Juan Carnaval. Carnaval2

Don’t miss this great week of fun; come to Merida and let your hair down!
Jordy and his partner, Steve, welcome guests to Casa Del Maya Bed & Breakfast in Merida, Mexico. Their six rooms offer pasta tile floors, talavera sinks, air conditioning, pool, full breakfast, and much more, all centrally located for easy access to Merida attractions and the Mayan ruin sites of Chichen Itza, Mayapan, Uxmal, Ek Balam, area cenotes, Celestun, Progreso, and many others. For information and reservations, visit www.CasaDelMaya.com.