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A carnival parade is a public celebration, combining some elements of a circus and public street party, generally during the carnival season.
The Carnival season refers to a specific holiday, celebrated after Christmas, in mid-winter or early spring, ending on Shrove Tuesday, just before the Catholic holy period of Lent or, even, on Pinata Weekend, the first saturday and sunday of the Lent. The Carnival season is sometimes known by the French term for the day of Carnival, Mardi Gras.
Places especially noted for elaborate Carnival celebrations include Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia[?] in Brazil, Venice in Italy, New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama in the USA, Trinidad and Santa Cruz de Tenerife[?] and Cádiz in Spain.
When Lent has finished, the saturday that follows the Holy Week, it´s celebrated a similar festival in Murcia, Spain, called the Sardine´s Funeral Parade, symbolizing the end of the period when it was mandatory only eat fish and vegetables.
A temporary (often annual) amusement park with mobile rides etc. is called a fun fair (also written funfair) or carnival.
See also Circus (performing art).