Havana Carnival © Alan Kotok
Carnival is lauded as the most long-standing and popular tradition on the national calendar and Cubans go all out in the months of July and August with parades, street parties, colourful costumes, wild dancing, fireworks and traditional music. Carnival comes with some entertaining traditions, such as parading huge effigies of well-known people along the pier, and the gaudy faroleros, decorated lamp posts carried by dancers. The festival celebrates all aspects of Cuban heritage and culture, with many ethnic groups enthusiastically represented. Santiago de Cuba's Carnival is in late July, usually coinciding with the celebrations in Havana; Trinidad has its own, smaller version of Carnival in late June.
Venue: El Malecón promenade
Date: Weekends during July and August