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Carnaval de Paris - Costumes


  • June 2016

reviewed by Ivonne from Netherlands

Carnaval de Paris 2016


Wild costumes and fun

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The Carnaval de Paris (Paris Carnival) is back on February 7th, 2016. Everyone has heard of the Carnival of Rio, Brazil, or the Carnival of Venice, two of the most famous carnivals in the world. Each one draws thousands of participants and curious spectators every year. But did you know that these famous carnivals all derived from the Carnaval de Paris? Find out what is going on this year and all you need to know about the origins of this festive period.

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The Carnaval de Paris 2016 (Paris Carnival) might not be as famous as its Brazilian or Italian counterparts, but there is going to be a lot of fun and great costumes in the streets of Paris on February 7, 2016. This year’s theme is “the aquatic fantasy world.” Just like last year, the Carnaval de Paris 2016 will start off at 1pm at Place Gambetta (Metro lines 3 / 3bis Gambetta). It will end at Place de la République and people will be able to party there until 8pm. Check out our detailed map on the route of the Carnaval de Paris 2016.

Making the Most of It

The best way to enjoy the Carnaval de Paris 2016 parade is to get to Place Gambetta at 1pm. All the people in costumes will start walking down the road following the established route. By the time everyone leaves Place Gambetta, it will be 40 minutes later. Since the participants walk very slowly, it will be very easy for you to catch up with the people leading the parade. Or you can always find your favorite group of participants (brazilian percussionists maybe?) and follow them until they reach Place de la République.


Back in the medieval times, the carnival of Paris was very popular. In fact, it was so popular that it inspired other cities in the world to do the same (which gave birth to the famous Rio and Venice Carnivals). The carnival would generally last for weeks and was a time of gathering and feasting for people of different origins, social statuses and professions just before lent.

Following political and social tensions in the 1950’s, the tradition was brought to a sudden stop. With the help of one dedicated man, the Carnaval de Paris was brought back to life in 1993 and has since then attracted more and more people every year.

Parisianist Fun Fact: the confetti and streamers were invented in 1891 and 1982 for the Carnaval de Paris.

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