With 85,000 active participants and more than 200,000 spectators, Aalborg Carnival is among the world’s ten biggest carnivals. But what makes the carnival stand out is not just its size, but also the distinctive, cheerful atmosphere intrinsic to its home city, Aalborg. Known for its charming cobblestone streets, new waterfront and lively nightlife, the regional capital was nominated as Europe’s happiest city last year. “One of the most noticeable qualities of our carnival is the fact that all our participants are extremely cheerful and thoughtful – everyone is helping each other out. It’s quite unique; no matter which way you turn, you’ll be met by a smiling face.”