Originating from the Carnival, the ‘corso fleuri’ is an integral part of Var tradition.
On the Saturday, the chariots are decorated with thousands of flowers, and on Sunday, they are paraded through the streets of the village. Fanfares, folk groups or people in costume accompany the parade. In Bormes, Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphaël, the mimosa blossoms are scattered over the parade, elsewhere, multi-coloured carnations or other cut flowers are used to decorate the chariots. The festival always closes with a battle of flowers!
The main ‘corsos’ are in Bormes-les-mimosas, Carqueiranne, Cavalaire-sur-Mer, Cogolin, Draguignan, Le Lavandou, Ollioules, Roquebrune-sur-Argens, Saint-Raphaël and Sainte-Maxime, of which the most well-known is Bormes-les-mimosas. It takes place on the last weekend in February. At 80 years old, it is one of the oldest ‘corso fleuris’.
Visit the Bormes ‘corso’ site