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  • Camille JOFRE

Take Off on a Bright Adventure: Discovering France's March Carnivals

With the first hints of springtime blowing through the air and the winter frost starting to melt, France comes to life in a kaleidoscope of colors, music, and celebration. The colorful carnivals that are dotted over the nation provide visitors with some of the most captivating experiences of the month of March. Each carnival offers a distinct blend of custom, culture, and celebration. Come along on a virtual journey with us as we explore the core of five of France's most fascinating carnivals, where the spirit of community knows no limits and history blends with contemporary celebration.

These carnivals offer an immersive tour through the rich fabric of French culture, from the luxurious grandeur of Nice to the quaint charm of Limoux. Thus, put on your virtual costume, gather some confetti, and join us as we set out on an adventure full of happiness, humor, and priceless memories. 

Discover with us:


Nice carnival

The Nice Carnival, dubbed "the King of Carnivals," is the height of extravagance and spectacle. This celebration, which takes place every year in February or March, turns the city into a vibrant display of color and imagination. Floats with spectacular decorations parade through the streets, escorted by performers dressed in lavish costumes. The Battle of Flowers, a fanciful exhibition of floral skill where people are pelted with blooms, is the carnival's centerpiece.

With music filling the air and viewers marveling at the creative marvels on display, the mood is electrifying. The streets are bustling with street performers, local cuisine, and a sense of shared happiness even outside of the parades. Through exhibits and interactive experiences, visitors may fully immerse themselves in the carnival's rich history and cultural significance. Stunning fireworks light up the sky as the day gives way to night, creating a mystical glow that covers the merriment below.

masked man looking at the camera

Dunkerque carnival

Located in the northern part of France, Dunkerque is known for its vibrant and community-oriented carnival. The vibrant processions and contagious spirit of the Dunkerque Carnival, which takes place from January to March, fascinate attendees. Locals and guests alike participate in lively dances and celebrations where traditional folklore blends with modern merriment. The famous "Throwing of the Herring" marks the peak of the celebrations, and the streets are filled with the sounds of cheering and brass bands.

Seafaring themes adorn many of the floats and costumes, reflecting the carnival's close ties to the city's nautical past. A spirit of unity permeates the celebrations as the people of Dunkerque extend a warm welcome to everyone who come. As the carnival comes to a close, participants unite in a symbolic act of farewelling winter and welcoming the promise of spring. Generations to follow will cherish the memories created and the customs preserved as the sounds of the festivities fade into the night.

costumed people marching in the street

Limoux carnival

The carnival is a celebration of customs and history that takes place in the charming town of Limoux, which is tucked away in the sun-drenched hills of southern France. The centuries-old Limoux Carnival is a festivity that takes place every year from January to March. Vibrant parades weave over cobblestone streets as participants laugh heartily and drums strike rhythmically. Wearing colorful costumes, revelers honor traditional traditions while embracing the spirit of contemporary celebration.

The celebrations of the carnival are broken up by quiet times of contemplation as the people pay homage to the customs and symbols that have been passed down through the ages. Through exhibitions and cultural displays, guests may learn more about Limoux's rich cultural tapestry in the middle of the festivities. Every facet of the carnival, from cuisine to traditional dances, captures the spirit and individuality of the town. The spirit of Limoux endures, inviting visitors to partake in the fun and make treasured memories as the sun sets on yet another day of celebrations.

group of people in costume

Granville carnival

Granville, situated on the craggy Normandy coast, is home to a carnival that personifies the spirit of celebration and seaside beauty. The Granville Carnival, which takes place in March, draws many with its alluring fusion of carnival fun and nautical themes. Floats with complex designs and nautical motifs move through the streets, enthralling onlookers with their deft craftsmanship. The vibrant rhythms of coastal life are reflected in the carnival, which features both modern dance beats and traditional sea shanties.

The procession transports onlookers to a world of fantastical delights and nautical adventures as it makes its way through the town. The carnival's appeal is increased by the local artisans' extravagant costumes and life-size sculptures that display their artistic abilities. The aroma of freshly baked goods and saltwater fills the air, tempting onlookers to savor the delectable food being served. Granville's carnival offers something for everyone to enjoy, regardless of age, which is a monument to the town's timeless appeal and friendliness.

musicians setting the mood in the street

The arrival of spring is also a good opportunity for travel lovers to put on their hiking boots and discover new destinations. Do not hesitate to try out our Walking Tours, Free Walking Tours, Food tours, Pubcrawls and Wine Tours, in Lisbon, Porto and Warsaw.

You can also read other articles on our website to learn more about Portugal, Poland and even other cities, also rich in culture and tourism.

To continue discovering more hidden gems and captivating destinations, stay tuned for more articles on our website. Follow us @thewalkingparrot to be continuously updated on new releases and join us as we embark on new adventures. We will be back soon with a new article!


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