If you are planning a vacation why not try to include a festival in the plans instead of the usual tourist attractions. There are some really unique festivals around the world to consider adding into your itinerary, and the added bonus is that attending a festival a great way to get to know a city and the people when you get involved in the local customs.

1. La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain

This tomato throwing festival is held annually for pure fun! No one is exactly certain of the origins of this festival, but it has been held since 1945 and some surmise that it is to replicate an attack of city councilmen with tomatoes by displeased townsfolk.La Tomatina, Bunol, Spain

2. Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana

Taking place between Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday every year, Mardi Gras is a series of parades and masquerade balls. Bourbon Street is a well-known street for parades and floats throw beads and doubloons into the crowd.Mardi Gras, New Orleans, Louisiana