In early August, Grasse celebrates the jasmine flower.
On flowered floats bearing the Festival Queen and her Dauphines, the event sparkles with fanfares and entertainment by culture ensembles from around France and Europe – from flag throwers to kazoo orchestras – showered with thousands upon thousands of flowers thrown out to spectators.
The city’s firemen and women even join in the fun by cascading jasmine water over the crowd from old-fashioned fire trucks.
It is a joyous, fragrant rendezvous not to be missed in the exciting summer line-up on the Cote d’Azur.
JASMINE FESTIVAL 2012 :