In case you haven’t quite figured it out, I adored Carnaval. So much that I’ve devoted three full blog posts to each of the parades I attended during my weekend in Nice. This is the last of the Mardi Gras photo festivals. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for bearing with me.
The Carnavalesque took place Sunday afternoon and was full of fun, colorful confetti, and happiness. It followed the same route as the Corso Illuminé around Place Massena and the Albert 1er garden. The garden, above, was decked out in windmills and the flowers were all in bloom. We saw people staking our their spots as early as an hour beforehand.
After Yuri left to go to the airport, I headed to the Promenade des Anglais, part of the free zone. My first bouts of laughter came after two guys tossed 3 handfuls of confetti on me. I had to fit in with these people you see; they were so colorful, some in costume, some in wigs, some with full facial masks.
A tip to those travelers who might go to a Carnavale in Nice: only buy tickets to the Bataille de Fleurs. For the two Corso parades you can easily find a great spot along the parade path with great views.
The performers might blow streamers onto you! No, they WILL blow streamers on you- check out the guy on the right, below. He was serious. Every child I saw was screaming with laughter and giggling and throwing confetti right back at Mr. Streamers.
Some people ended up getting quite rowdy with the parade performers; a squirt of sticky stuff onto a float might end with you getting pelted with confetti! The lady in the left photo below was outnumbered 2-to-1 after she squirted the male on the float…!
I didn’t quite fit in until I had confetti pieces in my hair. Luckily, a clown came by, kissed me on the cheek, then proceeded to rub gel in my hair. He then dumped a huge handful of confetti on my head. If that wasn’t enough, the two little girls next to me decided that it was time to “bombe” me and squirt me with pink and blue sticky stuff. It was great. I don’t think I’ve laughed so hard in days.
Thank you, Nice, for throwing a marvelous Carnaval. This was one of the best weekends I’ve had in France.