​It is well known that Paris is the city of love and the best place to spend Valentine's Day but visiting the French capital in February also means a lot of fun. In fact, it is during these days when the city shows its most festive side. The characteristic cold weather of the season is quickly forgotten as Carnival arrives like a wave of heat filling every corner of Paris with colour and joy.

This year you should come and visit one of the most traditional carnivals in Europe: The Saint-Fargeau Carnival. 

The trains of Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation​ will take you to Paris at high-speed and you will have the chance to discover the city from another perspective.

Origin of the Paris Carnival

The origins of the Carnival of Paris date back to the Middle Ages, although it was in the 18th century, under the reign of Marie-Antoinette, when it achieved its maximum splendor.

From the 18th century on, the mascot of this festivity was a cow called Pimprenelle, the star of the popular ‘Parade of the Fat Bull’ (promenade du Boeuf Gras). 

Though, the Carnival has suffered several interruptions throughout its history. Hence, in 1952, it was not celebrated anymore and it was no longer part of the festive agenda of Paris until the end of 1997.

How to celebrate carnival in Paris?

 The traditional Carnival in Paris

In the middle of the winter season, there is an additional reason to go to the streets in Paris. The Carnival arrives and with it, a retinue of colourful costumes, original carriages, dances, music bands, giants and carnival groups.

The main spectacle of the Carnival is the Promenade du Bœuf Gras, led by the cow Pimprenelle with a beautiful red dress. The tour starts at the Place Gambetta and ends at the Place de la République. The parade is a veritable spectacle of masks and costumes of immense variety that brings together around 5,000 people.

Each year, the carriages compete to win the competition, so it is a pleasure to contemplate these amazing creations that are the result of several months of work.

The agenda of the Carnival of Paris includes many other activities such as concerts, batucada, food and above all, the eager to have a good time until the sunrise. 

Did you know that there is also a Tropical Carnival?

 Parade of the Tropical Carnival​

In Paris, the Carnival is celebrated twice: in winter and in summer. In addition to Saint-Fargeau, there is another summer festivity, known as Tropical Carnival that has Brazilian spirit. The costumes and carriages are again present at the main Parisian avenues but at this time with a charming Latin atmosphere. The Tropical Carnival is celebrated in July and the parade starts always from the Champs-Elysées.

With our Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation trains we bring you to Paris at high speed, where you will enjoy one of the most magical carnivals in Europe!

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