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Carnaval de Nice 2021

The most important winter event in the French Riviera and one of the largest Carnivals in the world​​

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​The Nice Carnival is considered to be one of the oldest carnivals in the world and is definitely among the biggest. It was first mentioned in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, visited Nice and spent "some joyous days of carnival." Back then it was rather a private event without street entertainment and "flower battles." The Nice Carnival as we know it today originated in the 19th century when the first street parades were held, and it became an annual event. Now it attracts around a million visitors every year.

The celebrations start with a grand parade of around 20 themed floats that are made with traditional papier mache techniques and usually have puppets in wonderful costumes and giants. The floats parade around the crowded streets day and night. On various days throughout the Carnival, the famous Bataille de Fleurs on the Promenade des Anglais take place. During ​these battles, thousands of fragrant fresh-cut flowers are thrown from the floats to the crowds.

On the last day of the celebration King Carnival, the main float, is burned on the Baie des Anges. This amazing spectacle is acco​mpanied by a massive firework di​splay and music.

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