The Carnaval de Nice, main winter event on the French Riviera and one of the largest carnivals in the world, is offering a programme of unforgettable entertainment from February 15 to March 6, 2013. The theme for 2013 is ” Carnaval, King of the five continents”, a theme remaining true to its vocation of universality. A journey through time and space opening all perspectives to imagination. As for the guest of honour, the French-speaking world, Nice playing host to the Francophonie Games in 2013, it was a natural choice.
The carnival processions, comprising 18 floats, work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic decorations on the Place Masséna. These giant, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world. For over 15 days, the city hums to the rhythm of this genuine, fairy-tale event for people enjoy the freedom of disguises, dances and songs, to forget the dullness of winter and take in the sun on the French Riviera. The Carnival Parade is made up of eighteen floats designed on the year’s theme and other figurines, including 30 in traditional papier maché in a colourful parade with dazzling colours, with the participation of street theatre and music groups from all over the world. Each Carnival represents an original shortlived production. Being a Carnavalier is not a profession, but a passion or a vocation. The large workshop where these craftsmen work, called the “Maison du Carnaval” is transformed into a magical setting for several months. Even if new procedures, techniques and materials have paved the way for the mechanisation, articulation and modernisation of elements, the basis for float and big head construction has remained identical to its origins.
The Carnaval de Nice King of Five Continents and his Queen like to get out at night, adorned in their most beautiful finery and shine with the brightness of the many lights on the Place Masssena, for the for the greatest delight of their audience. You can see the report by clicking here and also watch the Flower Parade.
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