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January 27, 2019
April 07, 2019
Limoux Carnival
LIMOUX Running for about ten weeks, the Limoux carnival takes place every Saturday and Sunday as well as on Ash Tuesday and every day during its final week. It features various exhibitions and events, the main ones being the parades taking place through the old town at 11am, 4.30pm and 10pm. Playing traditional music and wearing spectacular dresses, the bands of revelers called guilds sing satire in the ancient Occitan language making fun of society and its rules.The carnival ends with the Nuit de la Blanquette when a straw effigy of the King Carnaval is burnt at the stake in the main square taking the blame for the sins people have committed during the festival. Information :
www.limoux.fr/votre-ville/histoire-et-patrimoine/carnaval/joomlannuaire/fiche/503-programme-de-carnaval-2019/54-carnaval
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February 02, 2019
Mars 23, 2019
Dunkirk carnival
DUNKERQUE. One of the craziest and most festive carnivals in Europe, the Carnaval de Dunkerque is also one of the longest as it runs over several months with events on weekends and certain weekdays. It features balls and processions of groups of revelers and musicians called “bandes” who are dressed up or wear yellow fishermen's coats, as the tradition dates back to the 17th century when ship owners held a feast for the fishermen and their families before the men departed for six months to fish off the coast of Iceland. The parades last around 4 hours and finish at the Town Hall where the crowds demand 'what they deserve', that is 450 kg of herrings which are traditionally thrown off the belfry. The party culminates in the “Trois Joyeuses”, on the Sunday, Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. Information :
www.carnaval-de-dunkerque.info
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February 14, 2019
Mars 07, 2019
Fireworks in the mountains
COURCHEVEL. ALPS. Unique in Europe, the International Pyrotechnic Art Festival is a competition of firework shows taking place in different villages of the Courchevel ski area with snow and pine trees in background. Teams compete on February 14th, 21st and 28th as well as on March 5th, 6th and 7th. Information : 01479080029
www.courchevel.com
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February 16, 2019
Mars 03, 2019
Lemon festival
MENTON. FRENCH RIVIERA The three weeks long Lemon Festival features various events. Colorful parades comprising music bands and floats of every size and shape entirely covered with citrus fruits take place every Sunday afternoon and every Thursday evening. Dozens of sculptures made up of lemons, limes, and oranges, some of them up to 10 m high, are erected in the Bioves garden that is illuminated by light shows after dark. The agenda also includes a children carnival and parade, as well as orchid and handicraft exhibitions. Admission fees. Parades : €10 to €25 for adults, €6 to €10 for children. Garden : €13 / €10 for adults, €8 / €6 for children. Information : 0492417695
www.fete-du-citron.com
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February 16, 2019
Mars 02, 2019
Nice Carnival
NICE. The Nice Carnival is one of the largest carnivals in the world. The city comes alive during nearly three weeks of festivities, with processions, flower parades, prestige soirées, concerts and fireworks, attracting over a million spectators. The carnival processions, comprising 16 floats and over 1 000 musicians and dancers as well as the “flowers battles” are part of the Carnival not to be missed. They take place in a unique setting, on the Promenade des Anglais and Place Masséna. The 2019 theme is “King of Cinema”. Program varies every day. Admission : €12 to €26 for adults, €5 to €10 for 6 to 10 years old children. Free for children under 6 years old. Information : 0892707407
www.nicecarnaval.com
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February 2019
February 22, 2019
February 24, 2019
Games for everyone
CANNES. Gathering together hundreds of exhibitors, players, authors and illustrators, the International Games Festival showcases traditional games, board games, video games and simulation games as well as collectible cards. It features hundreds of freely accessible games rated by a jury of amateurs and professionals, demonstrations, gaming tournaments, meetings with game authors and so on. Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. Boulevard de la Croisette, 06400 Cannes. Open from 10am to 7pm. Admission free. Information :
www.festivaldesjeux-cannes.com
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Mars 2019
Mars 01, 2019
Mars 05, 2019
Granville carnival
GRANVILLE. MANCHE DEPARTMENT. Held since 1872, the Carnaval de Granville is the oldest in Western France. At the origin, it was dedicated to fishermen as a sendoff ceremony prior to they leave to go fishing for cod in Newfoundland waters. Nowadays it attracts 120 000 revelers and features several concerts and parades. Taking place on the Sunday, the main one comprises about forty satirical floats and fifteen brass bands. Information :
www.carnaval-de-granville.fr
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Mars 03, 2019 Paris Carnival
PARIS. Once very famous, the Paris Carnival had disappeared. Brought back to life nineteen years ago, it is growing in size every year and attracts more and more groups, both from Paris organizations as well as from outside the city, not to mention from other towns in France and from other countries. Led by a Limousine breed cow embodying the Fatted calf, the parade will be made up of 15 floats and 15 000 participants are expected. It will start at 2pm from Gambetta square and will end in Republique square around 6pm. The theme of this edition is “One for all and All for sport”. Information :
www.carnaval-paris.org
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Mars 17, 2019
Mars 23, 2019
Concerts on the slopes
ALPS. The Porte des Soleil ski area hosts the unusual “ Rock the Pistes Festival”. French and international singers and bands such as Charlie Winston, Gaëtan Roussel, Feu! Chatterton and Hyphen Hyphen give concerts in pop-up ski-to totally wild mountain locations. All performances are free and all you need to see them is a ski lift pass and to hop on your skis to reach the unique sets built overnight. The Porte des Soleil ski area groups twelve French and Swiss ski resorts : Abondance, Avoriaz, Châtel, La Chapelle d’Abondance, Les Gets, Montrond, Morzine-Avoriaz, Saint-Jean d’Aulp, Champéry, Morgins, Torgon, Val d’Illiez-Les Crosets-Champoussin. Information :
www.rockthepistes.com
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