Nice Carnaval 2013
15.02.2013 - 07.03.2013 10 °C
For three weeks each year, Nice holds Carnaval - a giant celebration with parades, fireworks and other festivities. The opening celebrations were free and Place Massena was jam packed with people armed with confetti and silly spray. There was a show of dancers from a crane to music, sprinkling sparkling confetti over the crowd that caught the light as it fluttered to the ground, twinkling like stars. The King and Queen - giant floats - entered the square afterward, and they were followed up with a pyrotechnic display to pop music.
The next three weeks, there were a couple of different parades to see. The one we saw was the Flower Parade - complete with all the costumed dancers and musicians along with the enormous floral floats with a lady in costume tossing flowers to the crowds. The atmosphere here, like that of the opening ceremonies, was tremendously festive with confetti, streamers and silly spray in the air everywhere. The line to buy tickets for the parade was way too long, so we found an electrical box to stand on so we could see over the barriers
On the last night of the carnaval, they burn the king and send him burning on a float out into the ocean, and follow it with a fireworks display. The smokey pictures are of the chateau that looked like they had released a bunch of smoke behind the trees, giving it a very mystical look.