C’est parti et reparti pour la Prom’ Party
In July and August la Ville de Nice puts on a series of free evening events called ‘la Prom Party’. The Promenade des Anglais between le Negresco and the Albert 1er gardens is closed to traffic so that pedestrians can wander at will along the entire stretch enjoying the different bands playing there. The music’s occasionally themed, more often varied. The first Party in August promises a Polynesian theme, while last Saturday’s menu included offerings of American rock, Mexican folk and Brazilian jazz. Past occasions have enabled visitors to amble along accompanied by haunting or rousing Celtic lyricism, the inevitable Edith Piaf imitator, a sexy samba or the cocky syncopations of Britpop. Within the space of an hour or two you can find youself being: invited to fall in love or fly someone to the moon; told that his mother wants him to marry Mary Mack, or assured with perfect conviction that all is not only well, c’est magnifique! The bands are housed on motorised floats on either side of the 3-lane dual carriageway, so they too can move up and down the road between sets. The atmosphere is relaxed and convivial, with crowds people of all ages and from all over the world in attendance. And the party ends – seemingly as suddenly as it began – before midnight.
Music is of vital importance to this city. We have our own opera house and conservatoire together with concert halls and venues galore. Classical music is certainly not neglected, and is also served by free concerts. Now, after from the annual nationwide Fête de la Musique (on/about 20th June) and the various Prom Parties, we have lou Festin dou Pouort in store.
Nice has an inexaustible appetite for music – and equally importantly knows how to throw a party: brava, Nissa la bella, brava!
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