Each February, the streets of Nice are filled with the fun and excitement of their lavish Carnival. The main winter event to take place on the French Riviera and one of the largest Carnivals in the world, the Nice Carnival 2018 is ready to offer you an unforgettable experience.
The 2018 Nice Carnival takes place from the 17th of February to the 3rd of March with the theme 'King of Space' (Roi de l'Espace), so it is sure to be a lively affair! With over 1000 musicians, dancers and characters to enjoy this is an event not to be missed.
There are two main events during this 3-week-long carnival. The Carnival parades ('Corso Carnavalesque) feature 17 floats, lead by the King's, Queen's and Carnivalon's floats, which this year will be decorated according to the space theme. Starting at Place Massena, they parade around the streets of Nice to the sound of live music. The Flower parades ('Bataille des Fleurs') take place at the Promenade des Anglais. Dressed up performers throw tonnes of fresh flowers to the public from beautifully decorated floats, a colourful tradition that dates back to 1876.
The streets and squares where the parades go through are closed off during the Carnival and you need to purchase a ticket to gain access. Only people in fancy dress get free entry to some of the parades.