Even in February, the South of France enjoys the Mediterranean sunshine, a fact capitalised upon by the Nice Carnival. If you’re lucky enough to be jetting off to the South of France, make a point of stopping by the Nice Carnival. Taking place from 13th to 28th February 2016, the Nice Carnival has been the primary winter event of the French Riviera since its humble origins around 800 years ago, believed to be in 1294. Every day and night, the streets are overrun with harmonious music and colourful parades, making for a truly magical atmosphere.
Le Carnival Parade
During the carnival, Nice is buzzing with parades, processions and open air musical performances. The 18 floats featured are fabulously decorated and pass through the town, ending in the Place Massena for a spectacular finale. 2016’s carnival theme is the King of Media, so the floats and 30 traditional papier mache figurines have all been designed around this. Over 1000 entertainers from across the globe will be contributing to this magnificent event, making the Nice Carnival one of the biggest carnivals in the world! Those wandering away from the main carnival path are also greeted by international street performers and music groups.
The Promenade des Anglais hosts the carnival’s unique flower battles. Flower battles involve 16 floats decorated with beautiful floral arrangements and wacky characters throwing floral artillery into the crowds. The parade flows along the seafront and finishes on the Quai des États-Unis. Throughout this particular event, around 10,000 flowers are distributed. This fabulous and fascinating event promotes the Riviera’s famed floral exports, with around 80% of the blooms sourced from the Cote D’Azur, including carnations, roses, daises, gerberas, mimosas and gladioli.
Parade of Lights
The Place Massena, a venue synonymous with the Carnival, is the home of the Parade of Lights. The Alber 1er Gardens is the starting point for the carnival parade and the square is home to the visual entertainment broadcast, where visitors can watch the carnival on giant screens. After sunset, the Carnival’s figurines and floats are illuminated for all to see. This fairy-tale event is guaranteed to put smiles on the faces of your loved ones so if you are in the area, make sure that you do not miss out!
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