Nice carnival

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The Nice carnival is one of the most famous, along with the one in Rio. Visitors come from all over the world to admire the floats, the flower battles and the many animations.

The Nice Carnival 2024

The Nice carnival always takes place during 2 weeks including 3 weekends. It usually ends on the Sunday after Mardi Gras.

In 2024, the Nice carnival will take place from February 17 to March 3, 2024.

The Nice Carnival 2024 will have as its theme: King of Pop Culture: Series, movies, video games, music, comics, urban culture, manga … A popular, colorful thread, which invites to party.
In 2025, we are preparing for the carnival on the theme: King of the seas and oceans.

What to see at the Nice carnival

The corso

The corso is this long and spectacular parade of floats, accompanied by musicians, dancers, street entertainers. It’s cheerful, colorful and particularly festive.

The floats of the carnival of Nice

The floats are there every year. They are always different from one year to the next, depending on the chosen theme of the carnival.
As gigantic as inspired, they translate the mood of the year. Indeed, some floats make fun of famous people, in the purest carnival tradition.
Politicians, some billionaires too powerful take for their rank. But always with the spirit of a sympathetic, not aggressive mockery.
Several parades are organized during the carnival.

Flower battles

The floats make up the Battle of the Flowers parade. These are flowered floats, just as imaginative as those of the corso, in fact they are sometimes the same. And along their route, the people perched on the floats throw flowers to the public. The mimosa holds a great place in these flower battles, reminding that the region is really a capital of flowers, with the basin of Grasse and its perfume plants.
Several flower battles are organized during the carnival.

The other Nice carnivals

Depending on the year, other carnivals may also be organized, such as the student carnival or Queernaval, the first gay carnival in France.

The carnival village

On the occasion of the carnival, the carnival village welcomes its visitors for free. Stands related to the carnival, creative, recreational, as well as food stands can also contribute to a good time, especially for children, but not only.
It is located in the square Leclerc, promenade du Paillon.

Practical information about the Nice carnival


The carnival takes place Place Massena, in the center of the stands raised for the occasion. The floats and animations go along the Boulevard Félix Faure, the Promenade des Anglais along the Albert 1er garden and go up by the Boulevard Jean-Jaurès. In a word, they go all around the Albert 1er garden, up to the Massena square.


There are many rates, re-evaluated each year. We invite you to know them precisely on the official website.
Depending on the place, the location, the standing position or reserved seat in the stands, the adult prices vary and start at about 15 euros.
Up to 5 years old: free
From 6 to 12 years old: reduced rate

Official website

See also the Nice carnival bands or bugnes

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