🇫🇷 Paris Tropical Carnival

The Paris Tropical Carnival is the highlight of the Parisian Summer when Caribbean culture takes over the city of Paris.

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    When is the Paris Tropical Carnival 2024?

    The Paris Tropical Carnival is always celebrated on the first Sunday of July in the middle of the Parisian summer. The date of the Paris Tropical Carnival 2024 will be Sunday, July 7.

    Where is the Paris Tropical Carnival?

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    Where is the Carnaval Tropical de Paris parade route? The Paris Tropical Carnival commences from the Champs-Elysées roundabout, walks along the Avenue-to-Avenue Georges V before making a turn and returning to its starting point which is where the judges will be. 

    Place de la Concorde is full of spectators and bursting with colour, costumes, culture while exotic rhythms fill the air. Carnaval de Paris will make its way right through the heart of Paris’ tourist centre so it’s very hard to avoid the parade as over 36 carnival groups march along the most beautiful avenue in the world.

    Caribbean Carnival in Paris

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    Every Summer Paris gets taken over with a tropical Caribbean vibe when the Paris Tropical Carnival or Carnaval Tropical de Paris comes to the French Capital. Each year Paris is filled with the most vibrant colours, Caribbean tunes, exotic dances and lots of rum that transfers you from the middle of Europe to a tropical location.

    Paris Tropical Carnival is the highlight and one of the most anticipated events of the Parisian summer. The carnival is all about ‘joie de vivre’ which means bringing joy to all. It is an enchanting carnival that celebrates and lets you experience different cultures from around the world without ever having to leave the Paris.

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    Paris Tropical Carnival Parade

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    How is the Paris Tropical Carnival celebrated? The Paris Tropical Carnival is the ultimate celebration of music, dance and diversity that sees thousands of singers, dancers and musicians perform in a colourful procession through the streets of Paris. 

    Every year in July, the Paris Tropical Carnival winds its way through the city’s streets in a parade that features over 25,000 dancers, 40 floats and carnival parade groups from all around the world. The parade features gorgeous colourful intricately designed costumes and elaborately decorated floats.

    The Paris Tropical Carnival has over 200,000 spectators that fill the streets of Paris to watch this amazing spectacle. The enthusiastic carnivalists and festive uplifting music are guaranteed to help you have a good time, put you in a good mood and get you dancing along to the hypnotic rhythms.

    Celebrating Caribbean Culture

    The Paris Tropical Carnival is a unique event that brings the vibrant and passionate Caribbean cultures to Paris.  Carnaval Tropical de Paris is organised by Mairie de Paris and the DGOM, who is the French directorate general of overseas countries and territories. They are supported by the City of Paris and the Fédération du Carnaval Tropical de Paris.

    This association has close ties with many groups from its French Territories particularly in the Caribbean. Antilles, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Guyana and their music, dance, costumes and cultures are showcased during carnival.

    Cultural Melting Pot

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    What’s unique about the Tropical Carnival in Paris is it features an incredibly diverse group of carnival participants from all over the world. In the beginning the carnival featured international groups mainly from its French Territories. But as the carnival grew and evolved it became more diverse.

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    Today the parade has countries from all over the world participating including China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia, England and Holland. The different countries and cultures display their heritage through their costumes, choreographies, floats and music. It makes the parade incredibly unique and is an amazing visual display.

    Paris Tropical Carnival – Music

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    During the Paris Tropical Carnival, you will hear so many different rhythms and music coming from all the different cultures. As well as a mix of traditional and modern styles. There are so many musical instruments from all over the world performing in the carnival procession.

    You can hear the Bele Drums played by the Martinicans, The Ka Drums that are unique to the Guadeloupean and these mix with various other Caribbean steelpan bands, kazoo and cha-cha tunes. There is samba music from Brazil or cumbia music from Colombia.

    Paris Tropical Carnival – Dance

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    Paris Carnival features a wide variety of different folk dances because of the diverse heritage of the different groups participating all performing in the beautiful city of Paris. There are so many different traditional dances mixed with a variety of Afro-Caribbean, Latino and Asian influences.

    Some of the different folk dances you will see during the Tropical Paris Carnival include the mazurka from Poland, cumbia from Colombia, samba dance from Brazil, the French buguine, or the piké djouk from Guyana.

    Paris Tropical Carnival – Costumes

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    Participant groups will have spent months preparing for Paris Carnival with thousands of man hours going into creating the amazing colours, textiles and costumes that will feature in the spectacular parade.

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    Paris Tropical Carnival always has a different theme which groups will base their costumes, music and dances on. Previous themes have included focusing on other cultures like China or Brazil.

    Paris Tropical Carnival – Competition

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    Carnaval Tropical de Paris is not just a parade but also a competition. All the carnival groups compete against each other while being judged on things like costume, choreography, enthusiasm etc.

    A jury will carefully mark the groups award the ‘Prix de la Ville de Paris’ or the award for the ‘Best Group by the City of Paris’ and seven other prizes at an award ceremony that will occur later that day at the Serre de l’Orangerie in Parc André Citroën in Paris.

    How much does the Paris Tropical Carnival cost?

    Free!! That’s right and not only that, everyone is invited to Paris Carnival! It’s a fun and friendly event for the whole family and there is nothing but positive vibes and joy surrounding this must-see event.

    How to get to Paris?

    Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport is the largest international airport in Europe with loads of flights all over the world. Paris being a major international city in Europe is also well connected by bus and train.

    Where to stay in Paris?

    There are so many accommodation options in Paris to suit all levels of comfort, desires and budget.

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