This Sunday, March 2nd 2014, the 17th edition of the Carnaval de Paris will be dancing, frolicking, drumming, and marching its way from Place Gambetta to Place de la République– in full blown costume. You might be surprised to hear that Paris has a carnival, but rumor has it that back in its heyday it was the inspiration for Rios Grand Carnival.
The spirited event would last for days and sometimes weeks during the 500 years it was a part of the Parisian lifestyle. The party lay dormant for almost 50 years until Basile Pachkoff took the initiative in 1993 to revive the Parisian Carnival, but it wasnt until 1998 that the carnival was back on the streets of Paris. The now annual Carnaval de Paris – also known as La Promenade du Boeuf Gras (the fatted calf) – takes place on the Sunday before Mardi Gras. This festive parade full of performers, musicians and fun seekers has been immensely popular since its revival.
Last years theme was Le Monde des Jouets (The World of Toys) and was a huge success. This year the theme is Fairies, Trolls and Company! Festivities start at 2:00 p.m. at Place Gambetta and the parade should arrive at Place de la République around 6:00 p.m. Partying will continue until we are kicked off the new (and finally finished) Place de la République esplanade. This is a free event, so bring your friends. Costumes are encouraged!
Visit the Carnaval de Paris website for more info (be prepared for a lot of fuschia)!