Sequins, big skirts, feathers and masks, the carnival season kick-off is approaching. Religious in its origin, these costumed festivals begin just after epiphany and come to an end on Ash Wednesday. However the high point for carnivals comes on the Sunday preceding Ash Wednesday and the famous Mardi Gras. The period presents the opportunity to discover a town from a different angle and to share these festive moments with the inhabitants who are often outnumbered by tourists. Easyvoyage has compiled a list of the most traditional, unusual, picturesque, entertaining and crazy carnivals. So don your best fancy dress and join the party!