The earliest records establish its existence in 1294 when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, spent "the joyous days of carnival". This probably makes the Nice Carnival the original carnival celebration.
Today the event attracts over a million visitors to Nice every year. The Carnival spans a two-week period with the final day on Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday).
Every year, a special theme is chosen, and traditional artists create 18 floats and other figurines in traditional papier mache for colorful parade. The parades take place day and night, while on the Promenade des Anglais, “flower battles”.
The 2015 theme will be The King of Music.
- "The Theme". Carnival 2015 Nice. Retrieved 6 July 2014.
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