If there is one thing to look forward to in your travels, it is probably ending up in crazy street parties! These annual traditional celebrations are all about merry-making, dancing to great music, witnessing massive floats and colorful parades of performers, and even drinking until your stomach is full!
All over the world, festivals are celebrated in different ways but the common thing they all have is that they are all crazy exciting! In Hong Kong, participants in the Bun Festival race to the top f a 60-meter tower made from delicious red-buns! In India, participants in the Holi Festival shower themselves with brightly colored powdered paint! Discover more of these festivities in this list of 10 Craziest Parties Celebrated Every Year!
10- MARDI GRAS
Conducted in New Orleans, the annual Mardi Gras Festival is a celebration of the diversity of cultures and ethnicity in the city. In this crazy event, thousands of people coming from different backgrounds join the wild parade and colorful street party.
The common colors on display during the event are purple, green, and gold. These colors symbolize justice, power, and faith. The costumes worn by the participants are usually fitted in the values that they stand for.
9- ORURO CARNIVAL
Another crazy street party is the Oruro Carnival, held in the city of Oruro, a high-altitude mining town of Bolivia. The parade is in celebration of the patron saint of miners and to the Pachamama, the Earth mother.
Throughout the parade, the most sought after is the La Diablada, which means a “dance of the devils” where the participants play in very intricate and lavish costumes. This annual street party is participated by almost 20,000 dancers and 10,000 musicians dressed in devils, spirit animals, and Inca characters.
8- BUN FESTIVAL
In Hong Kong, a crazy yet delicious street party is held every year known as the Bun Festival. It is a traditional event celebrating the locals’ deliverance from famine civilizations ago. The street party is filled with tasty red-buns and dances by local children dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes.
But the main event of this party is the Bun Scrambling Contest, where participants race towards the top a 60-foot tower made of buns and snatch the buns. As he descends, he will shower these snatched buns to the audience. Before the buns were actually real but they were replaced with plastic a few years ago due to food safety issues.
If there is one thing that Germany is known for all over the world, it is beers. So it is but apt that in Munich, a beer festival known as “Oktoberfest” is held every year.
Although before, this annual celebration was actually a horse race, it was transformed into a beer celebration in the early 1900’s (which we think is better!). In this merry event, almost 6 million people all over the world sit together in multi-leveled massive tents to drink beer and celebrate!
6- NARRENSPRUNG MASKED FESTIVAL
Another crazy street party held in Germany is the Narrensprung Masked Festival in the city of Rottweil. It is an annual traditional event in celebration of the characters from ancient local folklore. The participants in the parade are dressed in intricate costume designs and, of course, masks. As they stroll through the streets, they shout chants that are answered by the people watching.
If you answered correctly, the marchers will award you by showering candies at you. But if you answered wrong, they will scream crazily, attack the crowd, and throw people around! Now, that is crazy!
5 AURILLAC STREET THEATRE FESTIVAL
Held during the month of August in France, Aurillac’s International Festival of Street Theatre and Art is described in two words: spectacular and hallucinatory. In this small town known for its umbrella industry, it is surprising to find one of the craziest street parties all over the world.
This annual event is participated by almost 500 companies, 2,000 artists, and almost 1,000 surreal shows! Once, in 2010, almost 1,000 people went naked in a hill carrying nothing but umbrellas. There are also interactive plays held throughout the city.
4- RUNNING OF THE BULL FESTIVAL
In Pamplona, Spain, people actually hold an event to run from raging bulls every year. Actually, this event is only one of the parts of a much larger festival known as the Fiesta San Fermin in Spain. In this kind of event, you do not expect to have zero casualties.
But people still regularly hold the event maybe for a shot of adrenaline. In this event, participants wear white clothing and a red bandana, either around their waist or around their neck. The running starts at 8 in the morning for eight consecutive days.
3- HOLI FESTIVAL
Also known as the Festival of Colors, many tourists visit India just to experience the colorful event. The Holi Festival is actually based from Hindu religious traditions dating hundreds of years ago. It is celebrated by participants throwing handfuls of bright powdered paint and transforming the streets into a wonderful riot of color. Afterwards, great music is played through out the villages while delicious food is served and offered.
2- SONGKRAN FESTIVAL
If India’s Holi Festival is all bout colors, the Songkran Festival in Thailand is all about getting wet. In this crazy celebration, thousands of people parade in the street to splash water against another. Armed with water balloons and water guns, the event takes place for three consecutive days in the month of April.
Conversely, it is also the hottest month of the year so people also embrace this festival to cool down. Whether you are riding a motorcycle or carrying a baby, you will always be drenched in these friendly water fights.
1- CARNIVAL IN RIO
Probably considered as the largest street party in the world, the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil is also the craziest street party in the world. Almost 2 million people, both locals and foreign visitors hit the street to attend its lavish parade. Massive floats with intricate designs are paraded, carrying bronzed beauty queens dressed in lavish attires.
This festival is all about merry-making, dancing, and endless excitement. It is like the mother of all street parties!