France’s First Gay Carnival – Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 30th, 2016

Lou Queernaval

Lou QueernavalFeather boas…glitter…cray cray make up…sexy topless men… This is Lou Queernaval, France’s first gay carnival and part of the famous Nice Carnival.

We spent 3 days dancing and partying through the streets of the city celebrating Lou Queernaval clad in our medieval outfits.

The carnival originated in the Middle Ages as a festival authorised by the church, allowing anyone wearing a mask to safely ridicule those in power. Anyone without a mask got flogged with stockings filled with flour. This is the time of year when Christians go crazy with overindulgence, eat loads of meat, fatty foods and party like mad before the 40 days of fasting for Lent begins.

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These Photos Will Make You Want to Go to Cologne Pride

Author: , March 17th, 2014

Cologne CarnivalAfter visiting Cologne a few times in the past six months, it’s quickly climbed up my list of favorite German cities. So a few weeks back, with Cologne’s annual Carnival approaching, I booked myself train tickets for the long weekend. The Cologne Carnival (or Koeln Karneval, auf Deutsch) is the biggest event in the city each year.

From speaking to friends who live in Cologne, the annual Carnival usually ranks among the best things to do in the city. So, having fallen for the city last year, I made a point to visit during their biggest event. Even if I was skeptical of what Carnival would be like, in the end it turned out to be a fun, easy-going, non-stop party.

The Cologne Carnival is more than just a weekend festival, though. It kicks off with events the week before, but the biggest party is the Rose Monday Parade (Der Koelner Rosenmontagszug).

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At the Cologne Carnival, or What The Hell Have I Gotten Into?

Author: , March 3rd, 2014

Cologne CarnivalAs I’m writing this I’m on my way to the annual Carnival festival in Cologne. I’ve heard about this festival ever since I moved to Germany. Carnival is nothing new, of course; it’s that religious holiday that somehow means lots of costumes, drinking & public street parties — perhaps most famous in Rio.

And then there’s Mardi Gras, of course: in New Orleans and in Sydney. I just know that this next week is a big deal for public street parties. And I’m excited to be visiting Germany’s largest: Carnival in Cologne (Koeln Karneval).

When I visited Cologne last year, it was immediately apparent that the Cologne Carnival is a big deal. Even months away there were stores selling typical Carnival garb. Knowing that before packing up and heading to Cologne today, plus the fact that just about every German in Germany knows that Cologne’s Carnival is a big, BIG deal — I’m a bit nervous. What am I supposed to wear? What will it really be like? Will it be as crowded as they say?

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Carnival Comes to Dusseldorf

Author: , February 23rd, 2014

Dusseldorf CarnivalThe countdown for Duesseldorf’s Carnival weekend (Feb. 28 – Mar. 4, 2014) has reached a fever pitch, and that sound includes drag queens in starting blocks ready to race each other down Duesseldorf’s famous night club “Nachtresidenz.” Duesseldorf again hosts the annual drag queen race (called “Tuntenlauf”) on Saturday evening (March 1). Speed is of the essence just as at any race, but heel height, dress and running style are just as important. When thousands line the streets to cheer the drag queens with “Tunte, Lauf!” (run, drag queen!), the motto is: may the fastest and funniest drag queen win.

The race started in 1995 and has since grown into one of the craziest carnival weekend events at a time when there is no shortage of craziness in Duesseldorf. Millions of revelers will descend upon the city, gearing up for the Rose Monday Parade on Monday, March 3.

The race is part of one of the hottest dance parties in Duesseldorf at club “Nachtresidenz” that night. This rambunctious party is a fundraiser for the city’s nonprofit “Heartbreaker,” a local AIDS charity. During the party, the winner of the Tuntenlauf is crowned, and the party continues to the wee hours.

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Carnival Comes to Trinidad and Tobago

Author: , February 14th, 2014

Carnival Trinidad and TobagoWith just a few weeks to go, partiers are finalizing preparations for Trinidad and Tobago’s Carnival, the radical explosion of color, music, dance and creativity that sweeps the dual-island nation every year. With its massive masquerade bands, colorful costumes, pulsating music and exuberant celebrations, Trinidad’s Carnival, the largest in the Caribbean, is often described as “the greatest show on earth”, attracting visitors from all over the world. Though numerous competitions, fetes, concerts and parties are already in full swing, Carnival revelers are eager for the upcoming “big show”.

While Carnival officially takes place the Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday each year, celebrations begin the day after Christmas and continue through Carnival Tuesday. During this time, steel bands make intense preparations for Panorama, the annual competition of steel pan bands, the national instrument, on Saturday, March 1. Preliminary contests are hosted at panyards throughout the country during the six weeks leading up to Carnival. Select bands are then invited to compete before judges and thousands of spectators the Saturday night before Carnival officially begins.

Dimanche Gras on Sunday, March 2, is a fierce competition to determine the King and Queen of masquerade bands. King and queen costumes typically weigh anywhere between 50-200 pounds, depict colorful themes and are often enhanced with lights, lasers, fog and even fireworks. Designers spend months creating the spectacular costumes, and the contest is a Carnival spectacle.

J’Ouvert, the official start of Carnival, takes place just before dawn on Carnival Monday, March 3. Fueled by the excitement of the events to come, revelers take to the streets to the sounds of soca and calypso music, covering themselves in grease, oil, paint, chocolate or mud, a celebration of the darker elements of the islands’ folklore and history and parade through the towns and villages of Trinidad until the sun comes up.

After sunrise, masqueraders return to the streets for Carnival Monday celebrations, donning glittery, colorful costumes, “jumping up” and “wining” (gyrating the hips) to the sound of soca blaring from speakers piled on moving music trucks. Considered just a warm-up for Carnival Tuesday, party goers know they must conserve energy for Tuesday. Carnival Tuesday, the grand finale of the series of events, begins at 8 a.m. on March 3 with masqueraders in full costume ready and waiting to dance wildly in front of the judges. Bands are judged in three categories: small, medium and large. Winners are announced after all the bands have been judged then the grand champion is crowned Masquerade Band of the Year.

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Trinidad & Tobago is located in the southeastern region of the Caribbean. With its careful approach to tourism, the dual-island nation offers a distinct blend of culture, eclectic cuisine and an assortment of eco-adventure activities. Trinidad, the ‘cultural capital of the Caribbean,’ is home to the world famous Carnival and the birthplace of the steel pan drum, the only new acoustic instrument to be invented in the 20th century. Tobago, sister island to Trinidad, is the quintessential Caribbean island with secluded beaches, quaint villages, private villas and award-winning eco-attractions that include the Main Ridge Rainforest, the oldest protected reserve in the western hemisphere and the six-time award winner for World’s Leading Ecotourism Destination by the World Travel Awards. For more information on Trinidad & Tobago visit or

Carnival Coming to Rio in February

Author: , January 13th, 2013

Carnival in RioIf you listen closely you can almost feel it, the warm breeze blowing across your glowing skin as you sit, sipping on a caipirinha on Brazil’s beautiful coastline with the sounds of samba streaming from behind. Well, it’s time to stop dreaming and make it a reality because Carnival 2013 kicks of this February and there is nowhere else on Earth that will shake like Rio!

Celebrated throughout many parts of the world, Carnival has its’ roots in religion but in Brazil, it’s a non-stop party like you’ve never seen!

Massive parades line the palm tree covered streets as thousands of dancers, singers and revellers come together in an explosion of colour, passion and festivity. Truly accepting of everyone, Rio ensures that this event shines as the world’s eye is cast over the seaside city each February. With months of preparation put into every detail, this is definitely a spectacle for all of the senses as Rio gives its all!

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Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival a Big Draw for Gay Travelers

Author: , February 23rd, 2012

Rio de JaneiroIt took Dutch tourist Adriaan little time after landing in Rio to pick out his favorite spot during Carnival, the five-day party that officially ended Wednesday.

A 35-year-old graphic designer, he found his niche at the gay meeting point on Ipanema beach, where palm fronds and rainbow flags wave in the balmy ocean breeze, and tanned, well-muscled young men strut about in swim suits that reveal more than they conceal. Conversation failed to distract the tall, blond visitor from his careful perusal of the bathers rinsing off salt water at an open-air shower in a ritual that was equal parts bathing and public display of bodies toned to perfection.

“This is just beautiful,” he said while sitting on the beach in the gayest neighborhood of a city routinely ranked as a top destination for gay tourists.

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A Guide to Rio for Carnival

Author: , February 18th, 2012

Gay Rio de Janeiro Travel“Brazil is not for beginners,” the late, great Brazilian composer Tom Jobim once quipped. Nowhere does the remark hold more true than for the country’s pulsing, chaotic oceanfront metropolis, Rio de Janeiro.

This is a city of contrasts, where vastly different worlds rub shoulders, and the unexpected lies lurking around every corner.

Hang a right during an aimless stroll through the chic beachside neighborhoods of Ipanema or Copacabana and you might just bump into a lush tropical forest. Hang a left, and the luxury condominiums could give way to a warren of brick and corrugated iron houses perched precariously on a rocky outcropping – a “favela,” or hillside slum.

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Gay Carnival in Florianapolis, Brazil

Author: , March 9th, 2011

Carnival in Florianapolis, BrazilFlorianopolis is the most gay-friendly city in Brazil, specially during Carnival season. This is when most of the gays from Brazil and Argentina get to Florianopolis, (also known as “Floripa”) to party.

Floripa is the capital of the state of Santa Catarina, located in the Island of Santa Catarina. Why go to Florianopolis? The weather is very good, temperature is mild, people are welcoming, and you can be with your partner anywhere, without those looks or feeling misplaced. It is also a not an expensive destination. Lot’s of “pousadas” (which are small hostels) are available if you don’t want to spend huge amount on accommodations. Transportation is efficient, and you get easily from one side of the island to another.

Most of the parties from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are present in Florianopolis. Well known groups such as “The Week” (the largest and the most famous club in Sao Paulo and Rio), “E-Joy” (from Flexx) have carnival versions of their well-known parties.

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Gay Mardi Gras Krewes A Unique Part of New Orleans' Carnival

Author: , February 14th, 2010

Ty Johnson is more than willing to suffer for the sake of beauty. Johnson, who describes his usual persona as “frumpy,” is shucking off that image for the night. As the queen of the Mystic Krewe of Satyricon’s Carnival ball, Young is guaranteed at least one night of glamour. “I am not a cross dresser, but a chance like this comes once in a lifetime,” Johnson gasped as David Jackson pulled the laces on his corset tighter.

Gay balls are one of the more popular parts of Carnival season, with gay and straight guests attending to see the glitzy costumes and elaborate tableaus. Unfortunately, not as many are flocking to join the krewes themselves, which has Young and others worried about their future. “People just aren’t joining the krewes like they used to,” Johnson said. “I think there are a lot of other things attracting people now.”

Carl Mack, a longtime member, agreed, noting that Halloween has become a major event in the city. “Some people would rather put their costume money and energy there,” he said.

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