Things to do on Promenade des Anglais
You’ll have beggars to thank for Promenade des Anglais in Nice. In the 18th century, a severe winter came and Nice was flooded by drifters from the north; rich English vacationers suggested the migrants build a walkway by the sea so they’d be productive. It was soon filled with cabanas and chairs for sunbathers.
These days, La Prom, as it's nicknamed, is a favourite of skateboarders, in-line skaters, and families out for a stroll. There are also annual events such as the Battle of the Flowers and the Nice Carnival, which you can attend on your Nice breaks.
From garish to lavish, the floats at the Bataille de fleurs (Battle of flowers) are a sight to behold; from fully-clothed to half-naked, Côte d'Azur’s loveliest women parade the promenade. There's no such thing as a costume too wild; steal a neon purple headdress from a cabaret, pair it with a bejewelled bikini, and put on gladiator sandals… with a platform heel! Why not dangle plastic fish and turtles from a cotton candy crown? A pointy bra would match perfectly. The men also take part in the festivities, as trumpeters or accordionists; of course, they get to dress up too.
The streets are brighter than a palette on Carnaval de Nice. A queen, a mouse, and an upside-down clown were just some of the giant mascots in previous carnivals; cowgirls, sailors, Chinese dragons, kids in fairytale dresses, and people on stilts were also in the spotlight. So get out the face-paint and visit Promenade des Anglais… You might just see another buttock playing peek-a-boo.