The world's best costume festivals

Published 10:27 AM ET, Thu October 3, 2013
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Many of those attending the Wave-Gotik-Treffen music festival in Leipzig, Germany wear elaborate outfits and makeup. The range of style is surprisingly diverse. Adam Berry/Getty Images
The Up Helly Aa festival celebrates the influence of the Scandinavian vikings in the Shetland Islands. The event culminates with up to 1000 'guizers' (men in costume) throwing flaming torches into a Viking longship. Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images
The Venice Carnival is famous for the elaborate masks worn by the city's revelers. The festival, which supposedly has its origins in the 12th century, attracts nearly 3 million visitors each year. Andrea Pattaro/AFP/Getty Images
The Burning Man festival takes place yearly in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Many participants opt to wear costumes (or body paint). This year, the festival attracted 61,000 attendees. Mike Nelson/AFP/Getty Image
Celebrants in Key West, Florida turn Halloween into a 10-day celebration during the annual Fantasy Fest, an epic street party that marks the city's busiest time of year. Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Every year, Halloween transforms the New York cityscape. Many residents design elaborate costumes for the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade. Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images
At the Panagbenga (flower) Festival in the Philippines, dancers dress up as the regional flora. Gabriel Malaya/AFP/Getty Images
The city of Cologne, Germany is transformed during the Cologne Carnival, when participants are eager to dress in fanciful costumes. Rose Monday is the highpoint of the Carnival season, which traditionally runs from Epiphany until Ash Wednesday. Dennis Grombkowski/Getty Images
Mardi Gras is the biggest event on the New Orleans calendar. Costumes and masks are as integral to the festivities as multi-colored beads Patrick Semansky/Getty Images
A reveler wearing a demon costume takes part in the traditional festival of Correfoc in Palma de Mallorca. Participants dress as demons and devils and move through the streets scaring people with fire and fireworks. Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images
The town of Nederland, Colorado holds an annual three-day festival in honor of their most famous resident: the cryogenically frozen corpse of Bredo Morstøl. The hearse parade (pictured) is a highlight of the event. Aaron Thackery/Frozen Dead Guy Days
The yearly Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival in Waxahachie, Texas attracts nearly 250,000 attendees over eight consecutive weekends. The festival is set in the year of 1533, when King Henry XIII and Anne Boleyn were wed. Scarborough Renaissance Festival