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The 145th Granville Carnival, from 1st to 5 March 2019

 

During five days, the entire town of Granville comes alive with festivities.
150,000 visitors, five days of celebrations, 45 floats followed by some 15 or so marching bands in a procession of over three kilometres long, and literally tons of confetti and miles of streamers ... that is what you can expect at the Carnival of Granville!

 

The Carnival of Granville is one of the oldest carnivals in France. It has always taken place in the days preceding Shrove Tuesday.
Each year, the carnival offers a satirical and humoristic outlook on local, national or international affairs.

 

 

CARNIVAL PROGRAMME

 

 FRIDAY 1st MARCH
Pre-inauguration with Americanes Songues
Inaugural concert with Les Hurlements d’Léo

SATURDAY 2nd MARCH
10 a.m. Carnival market
2 p.m. Handing over of the keys of the town
2.15 p.m. Children's carnival parade
3.30 p.m. Children's ball
6.00 p.m. Strand Hugg in concert
7.30 p.m. Firework display
9 p.m. Parading of brass bands in the streets

SUNDAY 3rd MARCH
10 a.m. Morning street music performances
11 a.m. Local officials' cocktail reception
1.30 p.m. Grand carnival procession
7 p.m. Carnival-goers picnic
9 p.m. Illuminated carnival procession

MONDAY 4th MARCH
Noon: Carnival-goers' get-together
2.30 p.m. Ball of the 'still young'
7.00 p.m. Dads' ball and Mums' ball

TUESDAY 5th MARCH
1.30 p.m. Satirical and humoristic parade
4.30 p.m. Sentencing and execution of his majesty, the Carnival King
6 p.m. Confetti fight

"Les Intrigues" all around town

 

 
WORLD INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE

Granville Carnival has been on the Unesco World Intangible Cultural Heritage list since 2016.

 

 

 SOME HISTORY ABOUT THE CARNIVAL

This major street festival is truly an institution in France. The Carnival began back when Granville harbour was a point of departure for codfishing. The fishermen used to leave the town for the waters of Newfoundland around Shrove Tuesday. The Carnival was their last chance to celebrate before sailing off to sea for many months. Although this offshore fishing industry has gone, Granville Carnival is still a popular maritime tradition in Normandy.

 

 THE CARNIVAL POSTER

Like every year, the poster has been designed by school pupils from Granville. 1,333 pupils from 19 schools took part in the competition.
There were 245 illustrations to choose from!

 

Dress up in your best costume and come along for some fun!

 

>>> Find out more about Granville Carnival

 

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