A Mellow Mardi Gras

The over-the-water villas at Sandals Royal Caribbean, Montego Bay are connected to the resort’s private island by bridge.

It goes by many names: Mardi Gras and Carnival to name a few. If you're VIPs are looking for ways to celebrate this year, without the debauchery associated with Brazil or New Orleans, we've got a list of some mellower, but equally vibrant, celebrations.

Le Meurice in Paris is hosting a Children's Carnival for the fourth consecutive year. The luxury hotel partners with the prestigious Stanlowa School of Dance and brings the spirit of Brazil's Carnival to Paris on March 11 from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The even includes Brazilian dance including Capoeira and Samba, face-painting, magic demonstrations, a parade and a gourmet buffet.

Rosewood's Jumby Bay in Antigua spreads out its celebrations over three days. In celebration of the 1834 abolition of slavery, Carnival in Antigua features traditional music and dancing, masquerades, iron bands, stilt dancers in robes and more. The celebration kicks of February 19 with a Carnival Beach BBQ Party with a traditional Calypso band. Other events include children's afternoon mask and instrument making, Venetian cakes and sweets at tea time, a Children's Parade and a JazzDinner.

Florida-bound travelers can celebrate at Loews Hotels. Guests at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Loews Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Orlando can order special Mardi Gras-themed food from room service through April 14. Onsite hotel guests get free Universal Express ride access and Early Park Admission.

The Loews New Orleans Hotel is celebrating Mardi Gras NOLA style, with specialty cocktails from Swizzle Stick Bar.

Finally, head south to St. Thomas for a month-long celebration. The Virgin Islands Carnival is celebrating its 60th Anniversary from March 31 to April 28. This year's theme is "A Celebration for the world to See, St. Thomas Carnival's 60th Anniversary."

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