Carnivals are one of the greatest parties to attend and we have so many to choose from. Whether you want to make a holiday out of it and go abroad or stay at home in the UK, you will find a carnival bursting with colour and noise.


Rio de Janeiro is known as the greatest carnival to go to and with attendee figures last year reaching more than 2.5 million; popularity for this event never seems to die down. However, there are other carnivals that are as equally glamorous, fun and of course loud. Venice’s Masquerade Ball, Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Notting Hill Carnival are but a few of them.

Bright and beautiful costumes are worn, floats drive down city streets, aromatic food is readily available and everyone has a great time dancing, singing and celebrating. That is what a carnival is all about; having fun and bringing communities together is at the heart of carnivals.

We may all enjoy a good carnival and go a great distance to experience the best of the best, but our ears may have something else to say. According to the Netherlands-based IPTV-station, noise levels at the Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife reached 155dB late into the night. This is 70 decibels greater than what is considered a safe sound, and is even noisier than a jet plane taking off (140dB)!

Notting Hill Carnival is no better either. There have been reports that the noise levels during the August Bank holiday event are exceedingly high. The Leader of Kensington and Chelsea Council, Merrick Cockell is urging that peak noise levels at the carnival shouldn’t exceed 135dB (Making Carnival safer and enjoyable). That is still extremely high taking into account that a safe volume of noise is measured at 85dB.

If Notting Hill Carnival and Carnaval de Santa Cruz de Tenerife can reach dangerously loud levels of noise then just imagine how loud Rio de Janeiro and the Venice Masquerade Ball is.

That’s not to say you shouldn’t go to them and experience the atmosphere of carnivals. Instead we suggest that you go along wearing ear plugs. These discrete ear defenders can help to protect your hearing from damaging noises. You’ll be able to walk home or to the hotel without ringing in your ears. Instead, all that you will take home with you are fond memories and wonderful stories.

The noisiest carnivals has been written by, one of the UK’s leading online retailers for ear plugs. There is a broad selection of ear plugs for you to choose from, all boasting different noise reduction ratings (NRR) and colours. You could even find an ear plug in the same colour as your carnival costume.