In unison with the floats of the Carnaval de Nice 2015, the procession of the Flower Parade is a flamboyant floral staging illustrating the theme of Music.
This year, the floats, larger and more complex, were new, redesigned on the theme of Music. On each float, beautiful young models dressed in gorgeous costume, launched some 100,000 flowers to the public gathered on the Promenade des Anglais.
A unique show in the world
The Bataille de Fleurs (Flower Parade) is a unique show in the world, combining elegance, beauty and charm. The 16 floats, completely covered in flowers, parade on the Quai des USA and the Promenade des Anglais. Beautiful models, sumptuously dressed in a madly original costume, giving them a unique aesthetic and festive look, are throwing to the public bouquets of flowers: mimosa, carnations, roses, gladiolus, tokios, gerberas, dahlias, lilium… that greedy hands snatch with shouts of joy.
French street artists and foreign musical groups, like a Ukrainian female musicians or Brazilians bands, join the parade and create the atmosphere.
Thousands of flowers
A floral float is measuring approximately 6 m high, 7 m long, 2 m wide. The decoration is made by hand, with thousands of flowers, laid one by one, into the night and the morning preceding each “battle”. This event promotes the French Riviera quality and great floral variety, since 80% of the flowers come from local producers.
As for the theater, the models’ costumes, born in a creative workshop, are unique.
The Batailles de Fleurs origins
Alphonse Karr initiated the first battle in 1876. The French writer of German origin residing in Nice, passionate about flowers, dreamed of a show where people could “throw fragrant bouquets to each other’s face.” In 1876, Andriot Saetone, creator of the Comité des Fêtes (celebrations committee) in 1873 to organize and scale up the festivities, launched the first Battle on the Promenade des Anglais. Originally initiated to entertain the first tourists, they took the form of simple exchanges of flowers, but gradually turned into a real show.
Dancing stars on the Prom’
To the delight of the public, twenty-five celebrities of the glamorous TF1 show “Danse avec les Stars” enlivened the Flower Parade on February 18 with the Jury – Jaclyn Spencer, Jean Marc Genereux, Chris Marks – and many stars and dancers, including Tonya Kizinger, Rayane Bensetti, Denitsa Ikonomova, Jade Geropp, Coralie Romanzin…
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