Carnaval Tropical de Paris

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I’ve uploaded all of my photos from the day to Flickr, so head on over to see more!

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