Nice Carnival

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Classification Festivities
Festivals and Performances Nice Carnival
Festivals and Performances
(local)
Carnival de Roi de la Musique Nice
Zone Europe
Theme category
date & Time
Nation France
Address Office du Tourisme et des Congrès, BP 4079, 06302 Nice Cedex 4
Language 프랑스어
Period 매년
Website http://www.nicecarnaval.com
Year Established 1294
Host Nice Convention and Visitors B
Summary
By the Middle Ages, the people of Nice enjoyed rich, plentiful cuisine, before fasting forty days according to the Catholic tradition of Lent. To better celebrate this time of merriment, any and all excesses were authorized. It was also a time for mocking everything and everybody at everyone's expense, behind masks, protected by disguises until Mardi Gras.
The earliest mention of Carnival merrymaking in Nice goes back to 1294, when the Count of Provence Charles d'Anjou spent the "the joyous days of Carnival" in Nice.
Until the 18th century, the Carnival was punctuated by masked balls and frenzied farandoles in the streets of what is now Old Nice. Any excesses were soon controlled by the "Abbés des Fous" (Fools' abbots), entrusted by the clergy with supervising the people's revelry.
In 1830, a first cortège was organized in honour of King Charles-Felix and Queen Marie-Christine, rulers of Piedmont-Sardinia. Some thirty carriages paraded in front of the monarchs, announcing the future form of Carnival.
In 1873, His Majesty King Carnival I entered his city: the modern Carnival was born.
On February 14, 1882, His Majesty "Triboulet", as he was dubbed, made a triumphal entrance into the City. This modest straw and rag puppet who had been content with simply watching the cortège go by on Place de la Préfecture participated for the first time in the parade, enthroned on the "Royal Float" as we know it today. To mark the beginning of the century, great care was taken over the choice of themes and cartoonists and the creation of floats.

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