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Nice Carnival …

Flower parade

The sun is shinning bright, blue sky and a perfect getaway from cold wintry Paris to enjoy the annual Nice carnival. A fun festival in one of France most delightful place along the Riviera. I stayed in a lovely historic hotel overlooking the gardens of the Massena museum on the legendary Promenade des Anglais, where the parade takes place.Here are some shots from the carnival with this year’s theme on the King of the Mediterranean. The show opens up with the colourful flower parade and ladies in their most enchanted costumes stand on decorated flower floats while throwing flowers at the audience.

Flower parade

More flower ladies …

Flower parade

An Egyptian style flower lady …

Flower parade

Dancers from the West Indies

Music and dances …

colourful samba dancer

Samba dancer at the Flower Parade

Nice Carnaval

Original theatrical costumes …

Stiltwalkers dressed in oriental costumes

Samba dancer

Spectacular night parade with fantastic play of sound and light …

The Carnaval parade at night

Awesome floating sea creatures ….

Carnaval show at night with floating sea creatures

Floating mythical sea creatures

Carnaval parade at night

The King of the Mediterranean …

King of the Mediterranean illuminated carnaval parade show at night

Humoristic caricature of people where imagination can run wild. Great creative work of local carnival makers

Carnaval floats "do you do you Saint Tropez" created by Hervé Moreau

Carnaval sketches "King of Greek loans" created by Chad Crowe

The carnival is still on till March 8, the day of the Mardi Gras when the ritual burning of the King mark the end of the carnival. So, if you are in the area get into your most creative costumes and join in the mad crowd of the carnival …

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