During the month of February people in France celebrate the Carnival.
Carnival literally translated means "no meat" and are the traditional Christian celebrations and feast right before the start of the Christian period of Lent (six weeks period before Easter during which one maintains a frugal diet).
Carnival typically involves a public celebration or parade combining some elements of a circus, mask and public street party. People often dress up and wear masks.
The three major Carnivals of France are the Nice Carnival, the Dunkirk Carnival and the Paris Carnival.