Parade in Natal

Natal’s out-of-season Carnaval, Carnatal, takes to the streets of the Lagoa Nova district over four days in early December, with Salvador-style trios elétricos (bands playing atop huge trucks) and blocos (parade groups) sporting names such as Burro Elétrico (Electric Donkey) and Cerveja & Coco (Beer & Coconut). It’s the wildest out-of-season Carnaval in Brazil.

It's a great substitute for anyone who can’t make it to the real deal.