After two years of interruption linked to Covid-19, the Toulouse carnival resumes the path of the parade on June 4. A slightly modified but just as popular animation.
“The public attends the carnival, assures Emilie Bouissière, vice-president of Cocu. The village installed rue Alsace in 2021 around a series of photos on the history of the carnival, we proved that the people of Toulouse loved this festive parenthesis. Many have expressed their hatred of seeing this parade again. »
Carnival 2022 is scheduled for June 4 downtown. A summer date that should ensure sunny weather. Unlike the month of April often synonymous with rain. A carnival it is true, a little modified. Strolling through the shed in Lardenne where the preparations are taking place, Emilie explains: “This year, Mr. Carnival is not burned on the ramblas. We couldn’t get a cremation dumpster. There will also be fewer parade floats but on the other hand more musical groups. This is due to the lack of volunteers since the covid and often dispersed associations. In all, twenty-three marching ensembles are programmed to stroll through the streets of Toulouse: a confetti cannon, an Egyptian-themed batucada, a peacock around an Indian dance and a Guyanese tradition float with DJ and music to end the procession.
On June 4 we dress in pink
A thousand people are involved in the organization and smooth running of this parade. A ton of confetti should color the route of the procession from Saint-Cyprien to the ramblas Jean-Jaurès passing by the rue de Metz and the Monuments aux Morts. Without forgetting of course, tradition obliges, the handing over of the keys of the city to the mayor of Toulouse around 7:30 p.m. at the foot of the Pont-Neuf. Followed by a finale around 11 p.m. accompanied by a ball before the dispersal of the public. Attention, in honor of Toulouse, the public will have to be dressed in pink.
And Mr. Carnival? “In homage to the visual artist Niki Saint-Phalle who died twenty years ago, we were inspired by his works to bring Monsieur Carnaval to life,” remarks Emilie. So it will be very colorful, serpent-shaped and very patriarchal. As tradition dictates, he bears all the misfortunes of the world, including violence against women. He will be punished for this! »
For the first time, Patrick Peric worked on this atypical character. Retired from CNES, he has taken part in the Toulouse carnival since 2014: “I created an association of Indian culture, Banian Tolosa, which paraded an Indian float. I really like this popular animation. It encourages creation. Making a tank is a bit like making a satellite: it’s very artistic! »