Flower Power! ANTIBES

May has been overtaken by cinematic media in Cannes, however the region has had an explosion of spring blooms with the pretty Expo Rose in Grasse, and last weekend at the Fête des Roses et Plantes at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat.

Expo Rose, Grasse

Expo Rose, Grasse

Today, as part of Les Floralies floral events in Antibes, is the last day of an open weekend called Senteurs au Jardin held annually at the Villa Eilenroc on the Cap d’Antibes.   The Villa rose gardens are open to the public all weekend.  I came across a local blog by ‘Sunshine and Suitcases’ and Elizabeth explained all about this event and some of the other local flower-themed days here:  https://sunshineandstaircases.wordpress.com/2016/04/27/events-in-may-les-floralies-antibes-in-flower/

Les Floralies, Antibes

Les Floralies, Antibes

You can also see the hugely popular Bataille des Fleurs (Battle of the Flowers) today in Antibes. Many people are familiar with the big flower parades as part of both Nice Carnival and Fête du Citron however smaller towns also host Flower Parades which are just as much fun.  For first timers,  the floats are decorated in a theme and the people on the floats throw out flowers to the crowd, usually carnations.

The Antibes Bataille des Fleurs starts at 6pm today at place de Gaulle with the flower-decorated floats going through Old Town and finishing at Pre des Pêcheurs by the port.

 

Sightseeing – BATTLE OF THE FLOWERS

The ‘Bataille des Fleurs’ (Battle of the Flowers) is an annual festival that takes place in various locations along the French Riviera, and is a great family-friendly event.  Different floats are covered in flowers and dressed up to a theme, there are musicians, clowns, dancers and the ‘battle’ is not between the floats but the spectators trying to catch the flowers – often carnations – that are thrown from the floats.  Quite often you can see spectators scrambling for an armful of flowers to take home!

We are going to the ‘Bataille des Fleurs’ parade this evening along the streets in Juan les Pins (7pm-8pm), this year’s theme is ‘Happy Birthday’ so it will be interesting to see the variations of this.  Tomorrow, the same floats will be restocked again with more blooms for the parade in Antibes – starting at 5.30pm, it weaves it’s way through old town Antibes finishing at Port Vauban.

Battle of the Flowers last year 2011