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The carnival capital of the world certainly knows
how to throw a party. In February, Carnival
(Carnaval in Portuguese) bids farewell to the
pleasures and excess of life before the restrictive
period of Lent begins. Over four days, Rio de
Janerio in Brazil hosts music, dancing and formal
balls. A stand-out event is the famous Samba
Parade, during which elite samba schools battle
it out in body paint and feathers (and often very
little else) in order to take out the winning title.
WHY IT WORKS
Living large | The personalities are as
flamboyant as the costumes being worn.
Everything about this carnival oozes excess.
VIP glamour | The Magic Ball is the event to see
and be seen at. Strictly black tie and boasting an
open bar, it’s the highlight of the carnival calendar.
If your first thought of Los Angeles isn’t
celebrities or Hollywood, it’s probably
sex. (Not that they are mutually exclusive.
In fact, many would argue they’re
synonymous.) So what better exemplifies
this than Hugh Hefner’s Playboy empire?
Promoting the creed ‘What happens at
the Playboy Mansion stays at the Playboy
Mansion’ is Hef’s lavish annual Midsummer
Night’s Dream party, held since the 70s.
WHY IT WORKS
The costumes | Or rather, the lack of. Jelly
shots (a highlight in their own right) are
passed out among the thousand-strong
throng of guests by women wearing nothing
but bodypaint. Sexist? Well, it is the Playboy
Mansion. But fascinating? My, yes.
Sex and the celebs | Despite the fact many
stars shy away from public debauchery, this
flesh-fest is perfectly acceptable for A-listers
to be seen at. Bachelor Leonardo DiCaprio is
an avid fan.
In the aristocratic country of Monaco, the
pinnacle of race-car driving comes to a head
every May when the Monaco Grand Prix hits
town. Renowned as a sun-drenched playground
for the rich and famous, the city of Monte Carlo is
the perfect backdrop to the prestigious event. The
city shuts down while the last surviving Formula
One street course passes through, and a who’s
who of global glitterati descend to watch: celebrity
fans who have dropped by to catch previous races
include Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
WHY IT WORKS
Location, location, location | Monte Carlo’s
beautiful and glamourous aura almost outshines
any event held there. The stunning Mediterranean
backdrop doesn’t hurt, either.
Something for everyone | The fun isn’t limited
to those who are fans of the checkered flags. With
sun, celebrities and a large dose of intrigue – who
doesn’t want to catch a glimpse of the elite who
flock to Monaco for the no-income-tax policy? –
the event captures attention worldwide.
MONACO GRAND PRIX
WORLD top events
Monaco provides the glorious
backdrop to one of motor
racing’s most famed events.
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