The French Riviera resort of Nice celebrated the start of its holiday season on Saturday night (21 February), with its colourful annual carnival.
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SV Carnival Charlie Chaplin figure moving through crowd
SV Drunken sailor carnival figure
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Background: The French Riviera resort of Nice celebrated the start of its holiday season on Saturday night (21 February), with its colourful annual carnival.
United States' bi-centenary year provided a good theme for the gaily decked-out floats in the procession.
There was "American super show", "USA 1930" with dice, cards, prohibited liquor and good time girls, "Chicago 1925" with Al Capone, and the inevitable "Conquest of the West" with cowboys and red indians. Walt Disney cartoon characters walked among the floats to the pleasure of young children, and of course there was Miss Carnival.
This was the 92nd procession and each year it draws huge crowds to join in the revelry.
It is the start of a fortnight of celebrations on the French south coast to mark the start of spring.