Flower parade - Var French Riviera

Corso Lavandou March, 2017 - Corso Bormes February, 2017 - Cavalaire February 2017 - Sainte-Maxime February 2017 - Carnaval de Nice February 2017 - Menton 84e fête du citron February- March 2017 - Fête du mimosa La Napoule February 2017 - Grand Carnaval Cogolin March, 2017

Cavalaire-sur-Mer - Mimosa parade February 2017
Corso Cavalaire
79th Corso Bormes-les-Mimosas February 2017
Bormes-Corso 2016

Flower parade Lavandou - March 20, 2016
Corso Lavandou 2016
Nice Carnival February 2017
Carnaval de Nice
Carnival history and tradition
The flower carnival originates from Egypte and Greece. These countries coming from paganism used to celebrate respectively the Apis bull and the Bacchus bull, they were being immolated while people danced and were screaming of joy. Before that, a human victim replaced the bull. From 1420 the carnival consisted of a bull adorned of feather and dazzling objects and clothes, and a child, king of the butchers that was perched on its back. This practice was abolishes in 1790 and restored in 1805. After that, the king of the butchers was replaced by a float full of young girls wearing mythologycal ceremonials of Love (hence the Queen's float). Then the Corso got its inspiration from Italy with floats decorated by leaves and branches, pulled on the main street by participants allowed to make fun of the local key figures. From 1950 the corsos in the South became a tourist show with majorettes, bands, flower battles, paying stand, tractors, amusement rides... losing all their villager and religious roots....

C.G.I. Billon


Agnes Malecki
Camp du Domaine

La Meridienne

Carte littoral varois Hyères les Palmiers La Londe les Maures Bormes les Mimosas Le Lavandou Le Rayol Canadel Cavalaire sur Mer La Croix Valmer Saint Tropez

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