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 (nicefestivites.fr) 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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