Take your most beautiful costumes out again because Paris Carnaval Tropical is coming back for the 16th time. On Sunday July 2, the Carnaval will leave from the Champs-Elysées rotary and the festive procession will highlight the following theme: "The Cultures' Olympiad".
The carnival will support Paris application to the 2024 Olympics featuring sportsmen from over the seas.
Over 4,000 carnivalists on foot dressed in magnificent costumes and about thirty floats from all over the world and Île de France will be attending. Guadeloupe, Martinique, Latin America will wake you up and fill you with enthusiasm.
Costumes more beautiful than the others and festive music will make you dance following tropical music rhythm. Not less than 200,000 spectators are expected to celebrate sunny days with joy and good mood during this must-see event.
Brought in by the Mairie de Paris and the DGOM - French directorate general of overseas countries and territories - supported by the Fédération du Carnaval Tropical, the Paris Carnaval Tropical is a true mix of world's cultures. The Fédération du Carnaval Tropical de Paris et d'Île de France will involve about twenty bands from Paris and Île de France but also from overseas.
Metropolitan West Indians supported the event in its early stages but now it involves more and more varied countries and cultures: China, Vietnam, Brazil, Colombia, England and Holland now join the party. For two days, costumes, choreographies, floats and colors will represent overseas cultures and heritage.
Shows come one after another displaying costumes and what a feast for the eyes and ears! Paris Carnaval Tropical is a tropical breath in the French capital making you want to dance and eat spicy.
The carnival route has not yet been confirmed but here is what it looked like last year:
Carnaval Tropical route: (subject to confirmation)
The parade will leave from the Champs-Elysées rotary, walk along Avenue Georges V before coming back to the rotary.
Participant groups have been preparing the event for months. Paris Carnaval Tropical is a unique opportunity to discover hundreds of costumes which are as varied as the attending groups and mix colors, textiles and shapes to surprise little ones and grown-ups.
During the carnival you will also hear sometimes unknown rhythms which are the reflection of a cultural melting pot where musical creations overcome tradition and modernity. Traditional musics are carried out by Martinican Bele drums, Guadeloupean Ka drums, Reunion Rouleur drums and Subb drums strongly represented throughout the carnival. These musics also mingle with kon' lambi, steelpans, kazoo and cha-cha-cha tones. Bass drums and tom-tom drums set the pace to choreographies created for the event by some groups mixing heritage and creativity just like Paris Carnaval Tropical. Folk dances such as the biguine, the mazurka or the piké djouk crossed with Afro-Caribbean, Latino or Asian influences will be performed in the heart of Paris!
In other words do not miss how thousands hands worked thoroughly to present you this spectacular performance. It is not only an enchanting show but also a way to celebrate world's carnival cultures and to travel without even leaving Paris.
Paris 2017 Carnaval Tropical (in French)
Saturday 2 July 2017
From 1 p.m. at the Champs-Elysées rotary
On 2 July 2017
Starts at 1 p.m.
Les Champs Elysées
75008 Paris 8
A partir de 13h