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Sacré bleu! ‘Queernaval’ set to launch in Nice

Sacré bleu! ‘Queernaval’ set to launch in Nice

Fluff up your feathers, stock up on glitter and get that headdress sorted – a new gay and lesbian carnival, or ‘Queernaval,’ is to launch in Nice, France next year.

The free event will take place in the sunshine city on the 27 February, with a burlesque procession passing through the streets of Nice Old Town.

Its organizers – including Jean-Louis Longo of July’s Pink Parade, the city’s annual gay pride event – promise an evening of ‘feathers, sequins and extravagant make-up.’

French news outlets report the event will be ‘a real carnival, not a protest march,’ adding that the two-hour parade will include at least six floats.

Queernaval is an offshoot of the annual 15-day Nice Carnival, which regularly attracts over 1 million visitors to the picturesque beachside town. The historic party dates back to 1294.

The first carnival of its kind in France, Queernaval follows in the footsteps of similar events in Sydney and Rio.

For more information on Nice Carnival, click here.