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Flower Parade on French Riviera

Submitted by on January 7, 2013 – 8:02 amNo Comment
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There’s nothing like Carnaval on the French Riviera. The main winter event in the south of France is one of the largest carnivals in the world, running from February 15 through March 6, 2013.

Road Trips Gardeners should time their visits to Nice, France, to include either a Saturday or a Wednesday (or both) during that time frame, because that’s when the Flower Parades are held, stepping off at 2:30 p.m. each of the six days.

Held along the Promenade des Anglais in Nice, the elegant “flower battles” are a part of the carnival not to be missed. On 20 floats decorated with “over the top” floral compositions, extravagantly dressed characters throw mimosas, gerberas, and lilies to the spectators (much like the beads and candies thrown in other parades).

It was on the seafront, along Promenade des Anglais, that the first Flower Procession (Bataille de Fleurs) was held in 1876 by Andriot Saëtone. Soon, the timid exchanges of bouquets of flowers between the rich winter visitors’ decorated carriages developed into a prestigious show, now an integral part of Carnival.

The theme for the 2013 is Carnaval de Nice is “King of the five continents”: a journey through time and space opening all perspectives to imagination. Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the event is (of course) online.

(Photo courtesy of Carnaval de Nice)

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