This March, Rio de Janeiro is not the only place where Carnival will take over the streets. In fact, the City of Light has plenty to offer those who wish to experience the excitment of Carnival. Called, Carnaval — with an 'a' instead of an 'i' — the Parisian version of the famous festival will take place on March 2, 2014 starting at 2 p.m. Revellers are encourged to start gathering at 1 p.m. so that they can get prime spots to see the parade particiapnts pass by.
Guests staying at one of the Grands Hôtels Parisiens can catch the action during their trip to Paris. Beginning at Place Gambetta (near the Gambetta metro stop) in the 20th arrondissement, the Carnaval Parade will travel towards the Boulevard Ménilmontant before heading to the Boulevard de Belleville. Then, the procession will take the Rue du Faubourg-du-Temple in order to reach its final destination at the Place de la République.
The parade will therefore wind through five different Parisian arrondissements: the 20th, the 10th, the 11th, the 3rd and the 4th. The final arrival at the Place de la République is planned for 6 p.m., but the party will not stop then. Instead, the festivities will continue at this square until 9 p.m. That gives visitors a chance to discover the new Place de la République that has just been completed after a long renovation.
As a result, the Carnaval provides both visitors and residents of Paris with entertaining music, dancing and a generally lively atmosphere as colorfully dressed paraders bounce through the streets of the city.