February is generally considered low season for tourists in Paris, however Paris’ social calendar is no less quiet. Why not take advantage of the shorter lines and come join in the fun.
Read on to find out what is in store for Paris during the month of February…
La Chandeleur – Tuesday 2nd February
Exactly 40 days after Christmas, La Chandeleur is celebrated on the 2nd of February. It is a special date when the French enjoy eating lots of delicious crêpes. Take a trip to one of the several crêperies in Paris to take part in this national holiday.
Or if you are feeling more traditional, cook crêpes yourself at your own Parisian apartment. Traditionally you are supposed to cook them at home and while holding the pan in one hand to flip the crêpe, hold a gold coin in the other and make a wish. If you catch the crêpe back in the pan, the wish will come true! Are you feeling lucky this February?
Paris Carnival 2016 – Sunday 7th February
For the 19th edition of Paris Carnival, this years theme is ‘The Fantastic Aquatic World’. After a 50 year period without a carnival in Paris, the age old tradition was bought back in 1997. On Sunday 7th February a fun and musical parade will make its way across Paris, bringing people from all walks of life together. The parade will depart from Place Gambetta at approximately 14h00 and will finish at Hotel de Ville around 20h00. Be sure to get your dancing shoes on!
Chinese New Year Parade – Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th February
The Chinese New Year Parade has become a popular annual event in Paris. There are two organized parades, the first on 13th February starting at Place de la République will parade the streets of Le Marais district. The second takes place in the Chinese quarter in the 13th district on Sunday 14th February. Join in the fun to witness a cheerful procession of dancers and musicians, vibrantly-hued dragons and fish, and elegant flags embossed with Chinese characters.
Valentines Day – 14th February
Paris -the City of Love, what better location to spend Valentine’s Day this year?! Take a stroll around the moonlit Montmartre, book a romantic river cruise on the Seine or dine at one of Paris’ renowned restaurants with a view. Whatever you do in Paris this Valentine’s day, you can be sure that love will be in air!
Salon de l’Agriculture – 27th February – 6th March
This is an exhibition that starts during the last week of February each year in Paris. Go and discover the “terroir” food, for which France is well-known for all over the world (there are always lots of free samples, YUM). Moreover, farmers normally bring their animals (pigs, chickens etc) to the show – it is always a big hit amongst young children.
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