Yesterday, when I was out and about in Paris, I stumbled upon this amazing parade on the Champs-Élysées. As it turns out, it was the Carnaval Tropical de Paris, which this time round, was held along the length of Paris’ most famous street.
This Caribbean festival takes place on the first weekend in July, which I didn’t know, and it’s incredible! Around the Arc de Triomphe, there were a handful of Caribbean street food stalls which smelled amazing, and the music could be heard miles away.
Having done a bit of research in the wake of this parade, it turns out there’s over 4000 dancers who come from a variety of different groups to showcase their country and heritage. There’s a mixture of groups from France, and some more long haul, from the Martinique, Reunion Island, and Guadeloupe, to name a few.
Some other countries are allowed to participate, such as Colombia, and Indonesia. Each group has their own float which they decorate in their own unique way to represent the culture. I absolutely loved the Colombian float, which was decorated with hundreds of pieces of fabric, tied on the van.
I’m annoyed with myself for not remembering the name of the group that I saw just before leaving, because they were my favourite hands-down. They all wore masks, which did seem to frighten a little boy who was stood in front of me, but the music was incredible.
I’ve uploaded all of my photos from the day to Flickr, so head on over to see more!