<b>Where's the party?</b> Festivals can be the worst time for traveling to and staying in the place in which the event is held, according to <b>World Party: The Rough Guide to the World's Best Festivals</b>. Exactly. Nevertheless, intrepid travelers will find everything they need to know about experiencing some of the wildest, most colorful and strangest events all over the globe in this comprehensive guide. <b>World Party</b> is arranged by continent (and conveniently indexed by country and festival name), with each featured festival described in an overview, along with sidebars on the history of the event and other interesting tidbits. For the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona, for example, you can read about Hemingway's role in popularizing participation as well as a first-hand report from an injured survivor. A doing page includes info on lodging, transportation, dining and contacts. Smaller festivals (Serbia and Montenegro's Exit Festival, Thailand's Songkhran) are summarized at the end of each region's section. The best part of this book, aside from the characteristic Rough Guide tone, may be the succinct summary of each highlighted event: fireworks, bonfires and roaming bands of hammer- and leek-wielding lunatics describes Portugal's Festa do Avant while Edinburgh's Hogmanay is prefaced by The rain may have turned to sleet, but there's no better setting for a New Year's knees-up. If you start this book thinking you wouldn't want to be anywhere near such madness, you might change your mind before you reach the end.

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