Every February, the picturesque city of Nice, France hosts the largest carnival in the country. This year, the Nice Carnival is celebrating its 140th birthday with the theme “King of the Five Continents.” The main attraction during the 3 week winter festival is the world-famous Bataille de Fleurs or the Battle of Flowers, where elaborate, larger-than-life flower-covered floats are paraded down the street with extravagantly costumed models throwing thousands of flowers into the audience. For the spectators, half the fun is trying to catch the flying flowers.
The flower parades take place several times during the festival. Not only do these bright, vibrant parades bring the city to life, they highlight the quality and variety of flowers grown in the French Riveria. The flowers used in the battle are grown in the region, including mimosas, lilies, gerbera daisies and roses.
Along with the parade floats, spectators can look forward to musical performers, street artists, and dancers. It’s not too late to enjoy the festivities. The festival runs from February 15th until March 6th, 2013. Have fun!
Photo Credits: http://www.nicecarnaval.com
- Photos: Carnival in Nice, France (photos.denverpost.com)