When you think of Carnival there are nations that are automatically associated with this festival, such as Brazil, Italy, Portugal and many countries in this world, but in reality the passion for this crazy party, where “Semel in years Licet insanire” (once a crazy year it is permissible) infects many nations of the continent and other regions of the planet. Among these one of the best destinations for the carnival is undoubtedly the French, in particular for 4 major parties, crossing from north to south the country, offering tourists to discover magnificent cities and traditions handed down for centuries. Hence the 4 best carnivals in France, those not to be missed and that alone worth a trip.
Carnival of Limoux
The Carnival is the most awaited festival of Limoux, and is different in almost every aspect compared to other similar festivals. First, it does not last the usual four days, but lights up the city for over two months. And the oldest and longest festival in the French calendar, starting from January and continues until two weeks before Easter Sunday, with a big party every weekend. Some say, jokingly, that the festival is held here continuously since medieval times, when in fact there are no certainties about how effectively this tradition was born. However the Carnival of Limoux is regarded as the longest carnival in the world!.
The first official documents dating back “only” the beginning of 17 century, when they mentioned the millers who went to the monastery of Prouille in Shrove Tuesday, with an accompaniment of violins and threw cakes and flour along the streets of the city. For others, the carnival was created to celebrate the famous Blanquette de Limoux sparkling white wine of the Limousin . In fact the end of the carnival is just at night devoted to wine (la nuit de Blanquette de Limoux), which coincides with the day of judgment Delre Carnival, with the verdict that leads inexorably to his cremation. The Limoux fête is generally called Carnival (Carnaval in French to be more precise), but his real name is local Fécos, given for its characteristic dances. The festival begins with a parade of the Millers, with white shirts and baggy pants, wearing red scarves and clogs, and carrying whips. The millers receive His Majesty, the King of Carnival, a stuffed dummy, who will preside at the carnival all weeks of the festival. Until his mote at the stake.
Carnival of Dunkirk
And the oldest carnival, famous, and even the most boisterous of northern France. Like the previous carnival of Limoux is characterized by a long duration, with the festivities usually begin in late January. A seaside city, famous in history for the great retreat of British troops, the Dankerque has a carnival linked intimately with the world of fishing: the end of winter there was the tradition of celebrating their sailors before their departure to the fish-rich waters of the north, and this tradition has continued turning into a phantasmagoric carnival.
The city also recalls the figure of Jean Bart, a famous French privateer, a native of the area. For weeks the various bands, the bands dressed in a bizarre manner, confront and challenge to the sound of music and songs, wandering around the city and filling it with an electrifying atmosphere. Finally, after two and a half months of revelry groups merge into a single large chorus to celebrate its sailors. Follows the traditional launch of the herring, which are thrown from the top of the tower. If you’ve never seen the Carnival of Dunkirk, you can say that I have never seen a real carnival!.
Carnival in Nice
Relocating to the south, near the border with Italy, Nice offers his magical carnival that has become one of the most important of the world, thanks to his famous Battle of Flowers. Carnival old, already reported in the chronicles of the 13 th century, the Nice Carnival is the most important in France and for many observers contend in Venice carnival give the title of Europe’s most important. The Battle of Flowers takes place instead in 1876 thanks to an idea of the French writer, of German origin, Alphonse Karr. The Riviera is known has a particular climate, and by the end of winter breathes a frank air of spring, which literally explodes in the battle that takes place flowers on the Promenade des Anglais.
It is no longer a battle as in the past, floral floats parade here merely spewing large amounts of flowers on the audience, creating a colorful and very fragrant floral show. It is estimated more than 100,000 flowers are thrown during the parade. The carnival is also an opportunity for shows of street artists, who come from all parts of France and the world. Even if the event extends over three weeks, the highlight of the festival is centered around the last weekend of Carnival: from the Friday before Ash Wednesday, the King of Carnival takes the keys of the city and keeps up the night of Shrove Tuesday, when the carnival is burned in a spectacular bonfire on the beach, turning on the Baie des Anges.
Carnival of Granville
Even in Normandy you can celebrate a carnival spectacular: we are not far from Mont-Saint-Michel, and more precisely to a coastal town of Granville Department of Manche. Here, the carnival has a long tradition, is celebrated from the distant 1872, and is certainly the most important historical event of the carnival to all of Normandy.
The custom of celebrating the festivities here is also linked to greet the sailors, (as we saw for Carnival Dunkerqu), that at the end of the winter had set sail for their trans-oceanic voyages. From here the party that passed today also involve the beautiful walled town, with streets that come alive for parades in costume, some forty floats, live music in a varied program of concerts, and an amusement park for the enjoyment of families with children.
The dynamic Carnaval de Granville takes place in only 4 days, from Friday to Fat Tuesday in a crescendo of activities and events. Of note the fireworks over the sea on the evening of Sunday, and a fun battle with the confetti in the days of “Mardi gras “. De ilTurista Note: To better serve the influx of visitors are introduced special trains linking Caen (station served by TGV) with that of Granville.
Originally posted 2012-07-19 01:59:42.