It has some great things in store, … But first a little history …
Let’s go back to the Middle Ages. The first written reference to the carnival date back to 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles II Duke of Anjou “comes to spend carnival time, in his good city of Nice”.
Later, during the Renaissance, the narrow streets of the city were filled with great balls and carnival masquerades.
In the 18th century, the influence of the Venetian Carnival brought masked balls.
The modern carnival was born in 1873, when a festival committee was created to promote the city of Nice.
On February 14, 1882, the traditional puppet made of straw and rag that was typically displayed motionless on the Place de la Prefecture was turned into a royal puppet that paraded in the streets of Nice.
Certain events of history, such as the First and Second World Wars meant that the Carnival had to be cancelled, and the King was prevented from parading.
Since 2005, the theme of the flower battles has been in line with that of the decorated floats.
And, talking of flowers, 90% of those used in the flower battles, like mimosa, lilies and daisies, are grown on the hills around Nice. In the autumn, local producers plant the varieties that will be used to decorate the floats. It takes between 40 and 50 hours of work are needed to prepare each float and it is all done at the last minute to make sure the flowers are as fresh as possible.
Nowadays, the battle between spectators no longer takes place. Instead, around 100,000 flowers are thrown into the crowd from costumed models on the beautiful floats.
Nice Carnival is the biggest carnival in France and one of the most famous in the world, attracting hundreds of thousands of spectators every year!
To find out more about the Carnival of Nice 2018 and the events, visit the official website ✌🏼
From february 17th to march 3rd 2018 !