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Carnaval de Nice 2024

The most important winter event in the French Riviera and one of the largest Carnivals in the world​​

Dates: February 17-March 3, 2024

Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice
Carnaval de Nice

​The Nice Carnival is considered to be one of the oldest carnivals in the world and is definitely among the biggest. It was first mentioned in 1294, when the Count of Provence, Charles Anjou, visited Nice and spent "some joyous days of carnival." Back then, it was rather a private event without street entertainment and "flower battles." The Nice Carnival, as we know it today, originated in the 19th century, when the first street parades were held, and it became an annual event. Now it attracts around a million visitors every year. Almost daily parades are the biggest attractions of the carnival, blending historical traditions and new trends, such as Lou Queernaval, the first gay carnival in France.

Opening Parade (February 17, 2024)

The celebrations start with a grand parade of around 20 themed floats that are made with traditional papier mache techniques and usually feature giants and puppets in wonderful costumes. The floats parade on Place Masséna from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. The main participants of the procession include King, Queen, Carnavallon, musical bands, dancers, and foreign guests. This diversity is creating an unforgettable atmosphere full of colors and music.

Flower Parade (Batailles de fleurs) (February 21, 24, 28: March 2, 2024)

Flower Parade is perhaps the most famous parade of Côte d’Azur. Held on various days throughout the Carnival, the famous Batailles de fleurs take place at the Albert 1st Gardens and Place Masséna. During ​the parade, elegant costumed characters ride on amazing floats decorated with floral compositions. In addition, thousands of fragrant fresh-cut flowers are thrown from the floats to the crowds. Overall, 100,000 stems are thrown to the public, and 3,000 flowers are used in decorations.

Closing Ceremony (March 2–3, 2024)

On the last day of the celebration King Carnival, the main float, is burned on the Baie des Anges. This amazing spectacle is acco​mpanied by a massive firework di​splay and music.

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