You don’t have to wait until November to enjoy the fun and frivolity of floats, balloons and dancing in the streets. Although your kids watching Snoopy and Dora floating by on Broadway may be a Thanksgiving highlight (besides dessert, of course) there are plenty of other parades worth planning a day — or a vacation — around.
What could be better than escaping cooler temps by heating things up in the Golden State? Even if you don’t like football, kicking off the New Year with a trip to California in January means you’re in for a treat at the Tournament of Roses, where flower-festooned finery gets cheers all through downtown, along with equestrian teams and marching bands.
Bloemencorso (the Dutch word for “flower parade”) puts the country’s most famous export at center stage each year in mid-April, with bulb blossoms like tulips, hyacinth and daffodils kicking off spring. The massive 20-float and 40-vehicle perfumed party with bands follows a 42-kilometer route through the countryside. Don’t miss out on Madurodam if you make a trip — the village re-creates all of Holland in fascinating miniature.
Make sure you don’t pack any white shirts for La Tomatina, Bunol’s glorified food fight. The Valencian town has been throwing tomatoes since 1945 during the last week in August. Festivities kick off when one person in the crowd gets up the gumption to climb a two-story wooden pole with a ham at the top. The lobbing starts when water cannons are fired, and lasts for about an hour until all produce is gone.
Not all of the Big Easy’s biggest celebration is about booze and beads — there’s plenty of candy and face paint for the kids, too. You might have to pull them out of school on Fat Tuesday, but the experience is unforgettable. Grab a slice of king cake and hit the route at Napoleon Avenue at the beginning; you’ll still get to bed at a reasonable hour. Or the Garden District offers up spaces for picnic blankets.
Eschew the carols for calypso with some island rhythms on St. Croix, where carnival stretches from Christmas to New Year’s. Get ready for Latin music, food fairs, horse races, parades and a Christmas village, with events in both of the island’s biggest cities: Christiansted and Frederiksted.
Bring your brood abroad this year for spring break. Consider a visit to one of these destinations, perfect for a family-friendly getaway.
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The western Canadian province of British Columbia is known for its skiing and winter sports, with Whistler Blackcomb often named one of North America’s top ski destinations. But British Columbia has more places to ski and play in the snow, family-friendly resorts with budget-friendly prices, and up to 400 inches of powder snow. An exchange rate of 75 cents to the dollar is an added incentive for American family travelers to travel north for a vacation.
Make this Easter the best yet and take your family to Camelback Resort. With the holiday quickly approaching, Camelback gears up for a weekend filled with family fun and Easter festivities — perfect for family travelers.
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