Holidays and Traditions







Carnivals around the world -
Notting Hill Carnival
- New Orleans Mardi Gras -

Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus -
Interactive exercises -
Lesson plans
- Webquests -

(Updated on 03/02/2016)


Related pages :

The CARIBBEAN - Holidays - New Orleans


Carnivals around the world :



  • Carnival : Origins of the Carnival season - Special celebrations around the world - Funfairs...

  • Carnival : Definition - Origins - Shrovetide - Special celebrations around the world
    (The Free Dictionary)

  • Carnival - with photos -
    San Francisco - Toronto - London - New York - Trinidad - New Orleans - Vera Cruz, MX


Notting Hill Carnival (in London) : Click on the map.



Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus in New Orleans :

  • Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus (

    "Last Sunday, the Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus – thereafter referred to as the best krewe EVAR – made its debut in New Orleans.
    Here’s how they described themselves:

    The Krewe of Chewbacchus is a Carnival Krewe for the most revelrous of Star Wars Freaks, Trekkies, Whovians, Mega-Geeks, Circuit Benders, Cryptozooligists, UFO Conspiracy Theorists, Mad Scientists, and all the rest of Super Nerdom.

    We are Bacchanalian Revelry + Sci Fi = BacchanALIENS.

    [...] The Chewbacchus parade includes a fleet of UFlambOs, a Bar2D2 float pulled by an X-Wing Fighter bicycle, giant BacchanALIEN and Robot puppets, a 20 ft long Quetzalcoatl Space Dragon, and much much more…"

  • See PHOTOS. (


New Orleans Mardi Gras (in Louisiana, USA) : - Updated on 17/01/2017


  • "Simon West’s 'Stolen' (a film) is based in New Orleans, the place that hosts a carnival popularly known as Mardi Gras (French for Fat Tuesday).
    The citizens take to the city streets in costumes and participate in a frenzy called a parade."

    "During Carnival 2011, the production got permission to roll its own float - plus fake traffic, Cage and a bunch of extras
    - down part of Canal Street on Fat Tuesday itself and on the Sunday prior."
    "Most portions of the plot unfold with the colourful Mardi Gras parade festivities as a backdrop.
    The processions, the masks, the lazy carnival revelry in exotic New Orleans make the film a visual stunner."

    There is "a long chase sequence in a Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans."

    Stolen (2012 film) with Nicolas Cage.





Interactive exercises :

  • Quiz - Mardi Gras
    - "It's Carnival Time here in Louisiana. Here are some questions on the Mardi Gras experience. Note, a Krewe is the group of people who organize and ride the floats."


  • Quiz - Mardi Gras
    - "There are lots of misconceptions about Mardi Gras... how much do you really know about it?"


Lesson plans :

  • Storytelling: Carnival crime - a lesson
    "This particular lesson focuses on extended listening skills and getting students to actively participate in the storytelling process, allowing them to use their prediction skills in a creative and fun way. It draws on materials from the British Council LearnEnglish site."

    Topic: Carnival in Brazil and a diamond theft
    Level: Elementary level or higher
    Timing: 60-90 mins
    - To develop extended listening and prediction skills in young learners using a short story
    - To reinforce the use of the simple past tense

  • Carnival - a lesson plan (absolutenglish-972)
    "In this lesson, you will learn some basic vocabulary and facts on the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil
    and the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Great Britain."

Webquests :

  • Carnival (absolutenglish-972)
    "In this lesson, you will learn some basic vocabulary and facts on the Rio de Janeiro Carnival in Brazil and the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Great Britain."


Literature :

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (novel)
    It "is a 1962 novel by Ray Bradbury. It is about two thirteen-year-old boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, who have a harrowing experience with a nightmarish carnival..."
    Consult SparkNotes