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February 19, 2015

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Carnaval de Paris 2015

by soundlandscapes

THE SIGHTS AND SOUNDS of a colourful carnival procession are guaranteed to brighten up a dull February afternoon.

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Last Sunday afternoon, the annual Carnaval de Paris wound its way through the east of Paris from Place Gambetta to Place de la République. The theme for this year’s carnival was  Chevaliers, dragons et chatelaines” (Knights, dragons and ladies of the manor) and it involved a long procession of people wearing colourful costumes accompanied by dancers and the throbbing rhythms of drums, cymbals and cowbells.

Carnaval de Paris

Sounds of the Carnaval de Paris 2015:

Carnaval de Paris

The Carnaval de Paris has a long history going back to at least the sixteenth century. In those days it was a time of rejoicing lasting from Epiphany until Lent. People of different origins, professions and social status took part and it was a time of dances, feasts, and marriages. The carnival parade would take place on the Sunday prior to Mardi Gras and was led by the traditional “Promenade du Boeuf Gras”, a decorated live ox.

Carnaval de Paris

The Carnaval de Paris continued up to the twentieth century but in 1952 it came to an abrupt end. It was revived though in 1997 by Les Fumantes de Pantruches and Droit à la Culture groups and it has continued every year since.

Although it no longer stretches from Epiphany to Lent, it’s simply a one-day event now, the Carnaval de Paris with its dancers, masks, music and colourful costumes still retains the spirit and exuberance of the medieval festival.

Here are some more sights of the Carnaval de Paris 2015:

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

Carnaval de Paris

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Feb 19 2015

    Reblogged this on Poem Loves Noise.

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  2. hmunro
    Feb 19 2015

    Once more you’ve stunned me with a facet of Paris I’ve never even imagined. If I didn’t know otherwise, I might imagine you were in Cuzco — or in Rio! Thank you for this wonderful detour into the tropics of eastern Paris, Des.

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    • Feb 20 2015

      Thank you, Heather. Yes, the Carnaval de Paris is easily missed but it’s certainly worth a visit. The colourful sights and sounds certainly brightened up an otherwise dull February!

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  3. Feb 19 2015

    Bonjour,

    Merci pour vos très belles photos !
    Je suis l’organisateur du Carnaval de Paris. J’ai pris l’initiative de sa renaissance il y a 22 ans.
    J’organise l’autre cortège du Carnaval de Paris le 15 mars : le Carnaval des Femmes, Fête des Reines des Blanchisseuses de la Mi-Carême. Je vous invite à venir à cette fête !

    J’ai mis un lien avec vos photos sur le site du Carnaval de Paris : http://www.carnaval-paris.org

    Bien à vous.

    Basile Pachkoff

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    • Feb 20 2015

      Cher M. Pachkoff,

      Merci de me contacter. Je suis heureux que vous avez apprécié des photos – et aussi les sons, je l’espère!

      Merci aussi pour l’invitation à le Carnaval des Femmes, Fête des Reines des Blanchisseuses de la Mi-Carême. Je vais certainement participer et je espère vous y rencontrer.

      Cordialement

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