Every year around this time, Rio de Janeiro plunges into the party in two ways as the passionate determination of samba schools comingle with the joyful celebrations of street blocos.
This unique Brazilian city is the kingdom of not only one, but two Carnivals. Blocos (street samba bands that mobilize crowds) and world-famous samba schools peacefully share the urban territory and dive into the joy that bewitches the world.
This double-dose celebration
Brazil is famous for hosting the world’s largest Carnival parade, but it is certainly not the only country celebrating this annual festival of costumed processions, music and dance.
Carnival is also very popular in Italy, particularly in small towns where parades are commonplace and every local community vies to put its stamp on the event.
The undisputed Italian capital of Carnival is Venice, where the celebration has been refined to a fine art.
From elaborate costume parades to colorful king cakes, Mardi Gras is an honored tradition throughout the Gulf Coast region of the U.S. For the second consecutive year, Barq’s Root Beer is marking the culmination of the Carnival season with an original painting by local New Orleans artist Terrance Osborne.
“Soiree de Mardi Barq’s” depicts the excitement of an at-home Mardi Gras celebration that “invites the bite” of Barq’s Root Beer to the party.
Every year around this time, Kirsten Stimmel, who spends most of her days as a member of the Coca-Cola Global Assets Team, packs up her car with dozens of glittering high-heel shoes and drives to New Orleans to play an entirely different role: a muse.
More specifically, Stimmel is a member of the Krewe of Muses, a group of around 1,100 women who parade during the annual Mardi Gras festivities.
“I joke that it's my European vacation, Christmas
Before Lent comes Mardi Gras and with it: beads, parades, parties and lots of eating and drinking. Baked ham is a traditional Southern dish that easily feeds a crowd and is perfect for Mardi Gras get-togethers with friends and family.
Southern chef Virginia Willis grew up eating baked ham her grandmother made with Coca-Cola, mustard and brown sugar.
“Coca-Cola is to the South like Guinness is is to Dublin,” she says. “It's more than a beverage; it's
For Terrance Osborne, art means home.
After Hurricane Katrina ended his work as an art teacher in 2005, Osborne searched for another endeavor that could bring him the same level of purpose. Art seemed like the perfect avenue.
While he didn’t start painting until middle school, his passion for art began early on. Both his mother and older brother created artwork as a hobby.
“I always had a natural interest in art because of them,” Osborne says.
Feb 24, 2014
The cool, brisk air gave me goosebumps as I was waiting in
line for my class to proudly march out in the Mardi Gras parade. My blacked out
teeth were chattering from the cold and my blonde, matted hair (teased to
ultimate perfection) was being bullied every which way by the wind. My clothes
were baggy, carefully mended with pastel yellow and pink patches, which was a
very poor wardrobe choice on my part seeing how the patches did not shield
It’s hard to resist a doughnut, especially on a day that encourages creative indulgence.
As the world celebrates Mardi Gras with costumes and parades, folks with Pennsylvania Dutch roots revel in their own long-held Fat Tuesday tradition: eating the sugar-glazed dough cakes known as fastnachts that come from their ancestors in Germany and Switzerland.
Fastnacht is German for “eve of the fast” and stems from the general
For many Christians around the world, Mardi Gras is the last chance to bite into a juicy burger, filet or other meat and rich foods for a while. Considered the Eve of Lent (a six-week period of penitence and fasting before Easter), Mardi Gras celebrations around the world often involve indulging in a host of foods that won’t grab a spot of real estate on the plate again until Easter Sunday arrives.
In New Orleans, king cakes reign supreme
Jan 1, 2012
It’s that fluffy, breaded ring that appears once a year as part of a long-celebrated tradition in different parts of the world. The sweet dough, kissed with the warm spice of nutmeg, is filled with a creamy, fruity filling and topped with a sandy-smooth glaze that’s candied with brightly colored green, gold and purple sprinkles for finish.
And the best part is that your slice may be the one that holds the prize!
We’re talking about the king