Carnival Of Chalon

The carnival of Chalon is the second biggest carnival in France, after that of Nice, and begins on the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday, with the entire town’s population dressing up in their strangest costumes and processing through the streets.

On Shrove Tuesday comes the grand parade, with many floats decorated with huge brightly coloured papier maché figures, of which the biggest is that of the Carnival King - accompanied, of course, by real life Carnival Queens chosen from the young women of the town. At nightfall, the figure of the Carnival King is taken to a bridge over the Saone, set alight, then thrown into the river.

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