Every year the French city of Nice holds one of Europe’s largest carnival celebrations, attracting over a million visitors during its two week celebration. It is a tradition that dates back to the middle ages, associated with the Catholic tradition of Lent, and was intended as a way for the public to let loose, enjoy life, and escape the strict social conventions of the time. During the late 19th Century, the Carnavaliers of Nice began creating giant floats that were paraded through town for the amusement of an increasingly large population of tourists. The tradition continues today with street festivities, flower parades, fireworks, and the giant parade floats. In 2003 a competition was created for international cartoonists to submit concept designs for the floats.