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Nice Carnival 2011

Above: the cool timelapsed video on the Nice Carnival 2011 by Yann Coatsaliou.

It's back and as exuberant as ever!

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The Nice Carnival has begun and it runs for 20 days: February 18 to March 8 2011.

This year's carnival theme? It's the Mediterranean Sea. 20 floats with 30 big smiling heads will bob up and down the Promenade des Anglais blowing confettis (20 tons expected in total!) and drawing awe from spectators. All of the big heads will be related to the sea and to the history of the Med. Made of papier-maché by "Carnavaliers" in very intense workshops, these giant-sized cartoon heads need a lot of energy to carry along. Each person carrying a big head expends basically covers the distance of a marathon race over the course of the carnival.

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Expect lots of good cheer all around. Some of the floats subjects are a riot: "King of the Greek Loans!", "The Tourist", "Pan Bagnat or Ham Burger".

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Where does it run?

Carnival parade starts with a loop at the Place Masséna, a prime spot for spectators. The flower parades take place on the Promenade des Anglais between Place des Phocéens and Rue de Rivoli.

 

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Where is the official program?

See the official program web site.




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