first - very relaxed though a little chilly - Carnival Parade of several
over two and a bit weeks in Nice, February 2007.
Menton Orange Festival is just half an hour down the coast and runs for one week during the Nice Carnival.
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A good time to party in Nice is during the annual Nice Carnaval in February - March (depending on the year). With a bit of luck the weather will
be fine but anyway it's almost certainly going to be better than whatever
north Europe is throwing at it's unlucky residents.
The carnival lasts three weeks with THE SAME events happening (at
least, in 2007) repeatedly on Saturday (2.30pm Flower Parades) and
Sunday afternoons (2.30pm Carnival Parades), Saturday evenings (Parade
of lights 9.0pm), Tuesday evenings (Parade of lights 9.0pm) and Wednesday
afternoons (2.30pm Flower Parades).i.e. All
the Carnival Parades - including Saturday evening's
'Carnival Parade of Lights' are fundamentally the same floats, same
people, with the exception of a few very special non-French
performers who may head off to other European carnivals as well at
Thus you do not need to see more than one Carnival parade
and one Flower parade at the most, per year. The Bugcrew saw
four parades - two from the seating area, one from the street, and
the Flower parade from over a fence. The best experience was definitely
the street view of the Carnival Parade at the start of the two week
set when crowds were down and performers enthused.
last Sunday night also offers a fireworks spectacle at 9.0pm where,
typically in France, there was NO information on the firework location
but various rumours so all foreigners ended up sitting facing the
wrong bloody way until the last minute when there was a stampede
to the beach.
Sensibly the fireworks exploded from pontoons 100m off the beach and
not from the middle of Jardin Albert 1er as various hotel staffs had
suggested (coughollockscough)- which would have taken out
half a dozen statues of French dignitaries (OK, maybe not a bad thing),
a merry-go-round, a big wheel and several 200 year-old Mediterranean
pines in a kaleidoscopic blast of fire.
As it happens the fireworks were something
of a damp squib. A few novelties such as the lovely
orange flower metamorphosis thingies, but mostly the event was a rather
diminuitive and concept-missing collection of fun blasts.
events circle around the east end of the Promenade des Anglais (also
known as Quai des Etats-Unis).
Tiered seats are set up along the Prom and cost around €25 (low
letters are best, e.g. pole position is A; B and C are also good),
while standing tickets for the Flower Parades cost €10. We thought
the Flower Parades looked disappointing and not worth €10 - though,
in truth, we were viewing from outside the pay area.
The Carnival Parades, however, were brilliant, amusing, and imaginative
- apart from an excess of political caricatures since 2007 is election
year in France.
Regular carnival parades can be seen fairly easily from the street,
especially from Jardin Albert 1er and Ave. de Verdun as it leads into
The Promenade and since the police have a relaxed attitude to audience
mixing with performers and facial blasting with air-propelled plastic
string, this seems to the Bugcrew the best way to experience this
of superbly articulated velociraptors propelled by some very fit and
skilled humans on the Ave. de Verdun.
on the image for more Nice
pictures or see Menton's Orange Festival.
Nice Carnival started in the 13th century and by the end of the 19th
century it had become an officially organized event. Now it is one
of the biggest and liveliest street festivals in Europe and is regarded
as the most authentic carnival in the world.
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