- As the novel coronavirus epidemic continues, the first events of 2021 are already under threat on the Côte d’Azur.
- A postponement could be decided for the Nice Carnival while the Cannes Games Festival is working on an “other format”.
The carnivals are in the dark. Usually, in November, the public markets mandating them to make the floats that parade each year on Place Masséna are notified to them. To date, still nothing, while the King of the Animals must be celebrated from February 13 to 27. And the concern is mounting.
Already planed in 2020 due to the start of the global Covid-19 pandemic, is the Nice Carnival likely to go completely by the wayside in 2021? The evolution of the health situation leaves little room for maneuver, even for the festivities planned in a few months.
Lthreat of postponement for Carnival
The city, which has already decided to spend its Christmas market, also traditionally organized on the Place Masséna, leaves itself “until the first week of December” to decide, she indicates without further details. this stage.
But the possibility of an adapted edition, without a spectator or with a very limited gauge, already seems untenable. And absolutely unprofitable, with an average budget of 6 million euros for the organization of the event. A postponement to the following year could therefore be decided to the chagrin of tourism professionals, already largely affected by the health crisis which has penalized them since the spring.
An “other format” for the Games Festival
At the other end of the department, the Cannes International Games Festival (and its 110,000 visitors gathered in the enclosed spaces of the Croisette convention center), currently scheduled from February 21 to 23, is also threatened. The city is already working on an “other format”.
“In view of the size of the event and national provisions, as well as our concern to reconcile activity and health protection, yes, indeed, we are working on another concept for an unprecedented 2021 edition”, explains the mayor (LR) David Lisnard at 20 Minutes.