Last night I went to the official Carnaval (Mardi Gras) parade in Nice – it was a fun experience! Huge bleachers are set up for viewers who purchase tickets in advance. It was mostly a parade of floats but there were a few small bands and plenty of lovely young women. I only saw about an hour – it began at 9:00 p.m. and lasted quite a while!
The theme of the parade this year is “King of the Media.” I no doubt missed a lot of the meaning of the floats that French people would understand. The floats seemed to be ridiculing greed and the modern media. For example, the lead float, the “King” was a jester. The Queen’s skirt was made of magazine covers. Other floats and giant balloons were obviously recycled from other years and I didn’t understand their meaning at all. The characters on the floats are beautifully made. Here, with brief explanations, are a very few of the 100+ photos I took.
Today I’m off to the afternoon Flower Parade — it is isn’t rained out. Remember, if you want to see a larger version of any of these photos you can simply click on the picture and it will open in a new window.