Creating carnival works of art is full-time business

Cédric Pignataro at the warehouse where Nice Festivités makes and stores its creations

Crafts in focus: Carnavalier Cédric Pignataro tells us about his work.

“I don’t really see myself as an artist but more as a luxury craftsman,” says carnavalier Cédric Pignataro.

He is standing in a warehouse where he and his staff at Nice Festivités ( are preparing for the city’s carnival.

This year, the theme was the cinema. The company, which employs around 30 people, had two months to create six chariot floats, 96 so-called “big head” figures, three animated pieces and 16 flower chariots for ...

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