CARNAVAL au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond!)

It’s 🎭 CARNAVAL season – that time of year when the little ones (and bigger ones) get dressed up (or refuse to, as my boys systematically did for a couple of years!) and take to the streets of our local towns and villages 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (and beyond) to release their inner Rio de Janeiro dancing & musical energy!

Here is what is on 🏔 au Pays du Mont-Blanc (🇫🇷🇨🇭 and beyond)in chronological order :

Les Houches (Espace Olca)

A défilé followed by a spectacle de magie jeune public et familial at 17h30 / magic show offered by Office de Tourisme Vallée de Chamonix Mont-Blanc;

🎭 Les Animaux de la Savane »;

🎭 what? 13h30 défilé with music from Nano Bloc, 16h goūter, 17h30 magic show / organised by APE Les Houches;

© Tourisme Vallée de Chamonix / APE Les Houches


© Saint-Gervais Bibliothèque
© MJC Saint-Gervais
© Saint-Gervais-les-Bains Tourisme

🇨🇭 Carnaval aux Bains (Les Bains de Paquis, Geneva) 🇨🇭

parade, music, giant jacuzzi, mask workshops, snacks, prizes for costumes, fireworks . . .

© Les Bains de Paquis


🎭 what? face-painting, cake sale, parade, Zumba Kids / for profit of the APE!

© Servoz Tourisme

🇫🇷 Carnaval Vénitien (Annecy) 🇫🇷

Annecy’s carnaval, inspired by that of Venice (Annecy is know as the Venise des Alpes, due to its pretty canals) has now been running for 23 years, organised by Aria . . . more than 500 masked folk parade through the old streets of Annecy (and parks and the Pâquier) in this largely silent carnaval, without the fanfare of music commonplace among other parades / very visual and photogenic!

programme / website;

© Lac d’Annecy Tourisme

Passy Mont-Blanc

 14h: Place du Marché de Chedde, couscous . . . 

© FJEP Passy

🇫🇷 Marnaz – Scionzier 🇫🇷

this year with the participation of Les Carnavaleux de Dunkerque;

© Marnaz / Scionzier

Plateau d’Assy

🎭 theme? « Jardins & Jardiniers »;

 défilé with l’Harmonie Municipale, RDV 14h avenue du Dr J Arnaud / goūter participatif at school / confettis 1€ / organised by l’Amicale de l’Ecole du Plateau d’Assy;

© Amicale de l’Ecole du Plateau d’Assy


🐙 theme? « Sous l’Océan »

© Chamonix Tourisme / MJC Chamonix


organised by the associations de Sallanches, the parade and floats take to the streets of Vouilloux this year to make lots of noise! / for children: face-painting and bouncy castle / snacks: buvette, churros, barbe à papa

Carnaval Sallanches © Sallanches Tourisme
Carnaval Sallanches © Sallanches Tourisme

🇫🇷 Parade Vénitienne (Aix-les-Bians) 🇫🇷

Aix-les Bains’s carnaval is brought to you by the same organisation that runs the Annecy equivalent – Aria – and the theme this year is Tourisme & Loisirs;


© Aix-les-Bains Tourisme / Aria

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