The Nice Carnival

How to make winter holidays unique on the French Riviera? Easy. Just visit these beautiful places during the Nice Carnival. For two weeks, the splendid Riviera town becomes the scene of large and magnificent festivities, which culminates with a parade of floats and a battle of the flowers.


Months before the celebration, teachers gather in The House of Carnival, to work on floats, and study the best mechanisms to move large puppets and decorations.


The day of Mardi Gras starts along the Promenade des Anglais. The picturesque Battle of Flowers parade, features 20 fully decorated wagons of beautiful flowers on the French Riviera. A beautiful and fascinating spectacle, which pays tribute to the historic plantation tradition and natural of the Côte d’ Azur.



During the evening, the Place Masséna offers a spectacle of lights and sounds, with incredible visual animations projected onto a big screen, while the illuminated floats parade on the streets. The Nice Carnival has its origins in the middle ages. The modern version with floats and parade dates back to 1830 when people decided to pay homage to the Kings of the House of Savoy—King Carlo Felice and his wife Maria Cristina, visiting the city.




The 2011 Nice Carnival’s parade theme was the “King of theMediterranean”, which took place last February 18 to March 8. The city streets were filled by huge chariots that commemorated the history of the world and the importance of ecology.


Finished celebrating in the Nice Carnival? Awesome!




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