2020 theme announced soon…


Each year Bath Carnival is transformed with a new theme, inspiring fresh costume designs, dance choreographies and musical compositions while ensuring our creative workshops are forever evolving and carnival procession constantly progressing.


2020 Theme…


The theme for 2020 will be announced soon…


Carnival Terminology


Carnival Terminology

Rio Carnival

Carnival Blocos - Often abbreviated to Bloco, a Brazilian term for the individual street bands at a carnival, representing specific regions.

Mas Camp - Large groups of volunteers building and repairing masquerade costumes in preparation for the upcoming carnival.

Sambódromo – A huge purpose built avenue which the largest parades pass through in Rio.

Samba no pé – Literally means' Samba in the foot'; to be a natural at dancing Samba.


Mas (Masquerade) Band – A specific theme group comprising of a band in costume with music and floats.

Bacchanal – a wild party.

Jump Up - Means what it says, jump up and dance with the mas band.

Fête – Numerous parties and events surround the main festival, these are often referred to as Fêtes.

Wine or Whining – a style of dance characterized by movement of the hips and and waist.

Mardi Gras

Krewe – An organisation which hosts a Mardi Gras carnival parade or ball during carnival season. The largest krewes are known as 'super krewes'

Throws - The materials thrown from floats to the parade watchers below. The most common throw is strings of beads although doubloons (large painted coins) boas, stuffed animals, food and toys are also used.

First and Second Line – the main or 'first' line refers to the mains section of the parade including the brass band. The second line is made up of revellers who follow, partying to the music.

Mardi Gras Umbrella – Umbrellas originally used by mourners to block the heat of the sun while following a funeral procession. Decorated with bright colours they now feature in the second line of Mardi Gras parades.