Granville’s carnival takes place every year during the five days that precede Shrove Tuesday. For its 143th edition in 2017 the Carnival welcomed more than 150 000 visitors. It is the most important event in the West of France, if not the most well-known. The next edition will take place from the 9th to the 13th of February 2018.
Since the 30th November 2016, the Carnival of Granville is on the UNESCO list.
The Carnival’s history is linked to the maritime activities of the city for centuries. When cod fishing was the main activity if the port, the fishermen left the city around Shrove Tuesday. The Carnival was their last chance to celebrate before leaving. Moreover, this tradition is still observed in other French ports, each carnival having its own culture and identity.
Starting in September every year, the forty something floats are préparés in a huge depot and in different locations around the city.
The carnival starts on the Friday that precedes Shrove Tuesday. For five days, the city beats to the rhythms of the Carnival and its participants.