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The Nice Carnival is one of the world's major carnival events, alongside the Brazilian Carnival and Venetian Carnival. It is held annually in February in Nice on the French Riviera。
Today the event attracts over a million visitors to Nice every year. The Carnival spans a two-week period in February.
Every year, a special theme is chosen , and traditional artists create 18 floats and other figurines in traditional papier-mâché for the colorful parade. The parades take place day and night, while on the Promenade des Anglais, "flower battles" occur.
The earliest mention of Carnival merrymaking in Nice goes back to 1294, when the Count of Provence Charles d'Anjou spent the "the joyous days of Carnival" in Nice.
Until the 18th century, Carnival was punctuated by masked balls and frenzied farandoles in the streets of what is now Old Nice. Any excesses were soon controlled by the "Abbés des Fous" (Fools' abbots), entrusted by the clergy with supervising the people's revelry.
Under the influence of the Carnival of Venice, a Carnival in Salons and "Veglioni" (private masked balls) developed in the course of the 18th century at the expense of the attractions in the street.
During the major political and military upheavals caused by the French Revolution and the First Napoleonic Empire, Carnival festivities were suspended.
In 1830, a first cortège was organized in honour of King Charles-Felix and Queen Marie-Christine, rulers of Piedmont-Sardinia. Some thirty carriages paraded in front of the monarchs, announcing the future form of Carnival.
The Beginnings of 'Modern' Carnival...
Until 1872, the fun was in the streets of Nice. According to individual inspiration: the crowd wore disguises and threw plaster confetti, flour and eggs at each other. In 1873, His Majesty King Carnival I entered his city: the modern Carnival was born. Until 1971, Alexis Mossa, then his son Gustav-Adolf, brought their special touch, a stunning grotesque mythical particularism in designing the most spectacular floats that ever paraded in Nice.
Thèmes du carnaval au fil des ans ...
2017Roi de l’ énergie
2016Roi des Médias
2015Roi de la Musique
2014Roi de la Gastronomie
2013Roi des 5 continents
2012Roi du Sport
2011Roi de la Méditerranée
2010Roi de la Planète Bleue
2009Roi des Mascarades
2008Roi des Ratapignatas, Raminagrobis et autres ramassis de rats masqués
2007Roi de la Très Grande Mêlée
2006Roi des Dupes
2005Roi du fol climat Merdaille et Cornipétant
2004Roi de la Clonerie
2003Roi de la .comMedi@
2002Roi de l’Euroland
2001Roi du IIIe millénaire
2000Roi des Odyssées.com
1999Roi du XXe siècle
1998Roi du Cirque
1997Roi des Sports
1996Roi de la Musique
1995Roi du Cinéma
1994Roi des Arts
1993Roi de l’Europe
1992Roi des Rois
1991Roi des Fous - Cancellation (Golf war)
1990Roi du Rire