It's that glorious time of year again - the annual Carnival at Nice. Billed to attract more than 1 million people to France, this fete surely tops the list of coolest events on the Cote d'Azur.
And while I can't claim that we bumped into all 1 million revelers, we did brush elbows with considerable numbers of French, English, & Italians on Sunday afternoon.
After a quick lunch of a few Nicoise specialties, including socca & sardines farcies (stuffed), we headed to the famed Promenade des Anglais to watch giant floats, crazied clowns on stilts, & pretty-ladies atop giant balloons ramble down the parade route.
One of the nicest things about the day was the coming together of young & old. You were as likely to see a four-year-old spraying the crowd with neon silly-string, as to witness her father raining confetti on passersby. And yes, we were fortunate enough to experience both.
And what Franco-Italian festa would be complete without a handful of Florentine flag-throwers? Well, if there is one, I don't want to know about it, since these young lads captured the attention...
....and hearts of more than a few spectators. Purely on their technical skills with flags of course.
Much like last year, it was quite a chilly day. Thankfully we managed to escape the rain, and topped off the afternoon with a heavenly hot chocolate from Amorino. And just as we were mentally bookmarking our calendars for next year's festivities, our old friend Mr. Sun, or the King of the Carnival, swung by to bid us a fond adieu. Now if we could just get him to speed up this springtime thing.
The Carnival at Nice lasts from now until Tuesday, March 8th. For detailed events, click here.