King and Queen of the Carnival in Nice
The Carnival King leads his Carnival Procession through the streets, with around twenty floats taking the theme of the year.
The King is accompanied by more than fifty giant-headed puppets, the Grosses Tetes.
Making the papier-mache figures uses centuries-old techniques, and the painting is done by specialist craftspeople.
Costumes are created to dress each character, the more flamboyant the better.
Just one puppet can weigh over two tons and tower over the watching crowds at twelve meters high.
A king must have a queen, and she is selected from a bevy of local beauties for the honour.
Her duties range from posing for Carnival photos to throwing posies of flowers from a float for the Flower Parade.
So she needs to be able to keep that lovely smile all day and into the night’s revelries.