It’s at this time of year that the carnival celebrations start to get underway.
The Carnaval de Limoux started on January 19 this year! It runs through to March 29, 2020, so there’s plenty of time to go and visit! A few years ago, I wrote an article about my visit, which you can find here. The programme of the Limoux carnival can be found via this link.
In our corner of Southern France, the celebrations kick off with the Fete de Saint Blaise on February 1st. On the programme are guided visits of the chapel dedicated to Saint Blaise, a tasting of the herbal tea and the elixir of Saint Blaise (probably a liqueur), a carnival procession through the town, and to finish the evening, a communal meal followed by a dance.
Details can be found via this link.
A little farther afield, the town of Albi celebrates carnival with two big processions on February 16 and 23, 2020. The full programme can be found here.
This year, Mardi Gras is on February 25. Narbonne holds it annual carnival procession on the preceding Sunday, February 23. This year’s theme is Les metiers, the trades, as in jobs.