3 of the best carnivals in France

February 06, 2017

Popular tradition, musical parades, eye-catching floats and bright, vibrant colours… This is carnival! Popular in both Europe and South America, carnivals are inherited from pagan festivals related to the cycle of the seasons.

Take a look at 3 of the best carnivals in France for 2017. Nice, Paris or Annecy: which destination will choose?

Nice: floats and flower battles

For 15 days, Nice will be alive with its carnival. Each year, hundreds of thousands of spectators pour into the city to admire the spectacle of one of the largest carnivals in the world. Poetic and burlesque floats, parades and dancers, residents of the neighbourhood… The festival is a real show in which everyone can be an actor. Join the flower battle that livens up the streets of the city. This year, His “Majesty Carnival” has been named the “King of Energy”.

Where can I stay in Nice?

To enjoy the mild winter on the French Riviera, you can stay at Auberge de jeunesse Hi Nice Camélias. It is located in the city centre in the heart of the entertainment. The hostel has a friendly atmosphere where you can meet like-minded travellers. To get even more out of your trip, tour the French Riviera between Cannes and Monaco.

The dates of the carnival: 11th – 25th February 2017

Paris: a colourful parade

The Paris Carnival is one of the major carnivals in France and one of the most famous carnivals in the world. The mask walk, processions and floats are all a huge part of the fun. This year, the theme of the big parade is “the dance of fruits and vegetables”. Get imaginative and find the perfect costume and slip into the “basket” of fruits and vegetables! Join us on 26 February to parade the streets of Paris.

Where can I stay in Paris?

The youth hostel Hi Paris Yves Robert located in the 18th district, in the heart of an eco-district. Enjoy the cosmopolitan atmosphere and its aquatic garden. The youth hostel Hi Paris le d’Artagnan, located in the 20th district, is close to the starting point of the parade. Meet other travellers at Dock Side Bar in the evening to have a drink.

The date of the carnival: 26th February 2017, RDV from 13h place Gambetta in the 20th district

Annecy: the Venetian Carnival

Dubbed the “Venice of the Alps”, Annecy takes you to Italy for a weekend during its Venetian Carnival. Hundreds of mysterious masks wander the streets. And as is the tradition, no one knows who’s behind the masks! Costumes, colours and musicians make this show unforgettable. Take a tour of the place and you will see that Annecy compares favourably with Venice!

Where can I stay in Annecy?

With breathtaking views of the lake, the youth hostel Hi Annecy is the ideal spot to enjoy the city. On the terrace or in the Taverna’c bar, take the time to share a drink and meet other travellers. For a different kind of fun, you’ll find plenty of ski resorts nearby.

The dates of the carnival: 10th – 12th March 2017

Brighten up your winter by choosing to enjoy the carnival atmosphere in France!

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