The ‘Carnaval de Nice’ (annual Nice Carnival) is one of the largest of its kind in the World. Each year this fantastic celebration takes place in the heart of the Riviera, lining the streets with entertainment, people in fancy dress, lavish decorations and exquisite carnival floats. People from France and all over the globe arrive in the city to join in the festivities and get swept up in the hypnotic atmosphere. Dancers, models, acrobats, street performers are just some of the peripheries surrounding the main shows.
With a programme almost equal in prestige and entertainment to both the Brazilian and Venetian Carnivals, it attracts more than a million visitors. A two week, night and day, extravaganza which rounds off with a full day of Mardi Gras, leading to a bonfire, which sees the burning of the big head of His Majesty the King. The streets, balconies and promenade are alive with true festival fever.
The 2014 Carnival theme is “King of Gastronomy”, so we welcome you to the city
table to join in the celebrations and have some good honest, and somewhat decadent, fun!
What you can expect from this event:
The Parades – Witness a large variety of mobile floats with designs based on the theme for the year. From the traditional paper maché structures and street theatre performances to dancers and musicians you will be amazed. The floats are larger than life, illuminated, animated and each have their own intricacies which will have you standing in awe.
In addition to the overall theme of the event, each float tells its own original short-lived story as a professional live production. The craftsmen work, day in and day out, for months in the “Maison du Carnaval” workshops to build the masterpieces for the event. Traditional methods are used for construction of the float ‘heads’ with very few modern conveniences being applied, making it a truly authentic and traditional Carnival.
The Flower Parades – Originating in 1876 from the original seafront floral displays, this carnival aspect is designed to showcase the sheer quality and variety of regional flora, where 90% of the flowers used are locally supplied. Up to 20 large floats are dedicated to the floral showcase which takes place on the Promenade des Anglais, from Théâtre de Verdure to Hotel Negresco. Costumed models adorn each float and throw up to 100,000 flowers into the crowd as they cruise past. Every costume modelled is designed from scratch with true artistic direction behind every piece. An absolutely magical display of nature’s elegance.
If you are looking for a way to lift your spirits this winter then join the City of Nice for the Carnival of the year!
• 14th February to 4th March in 2014
• Free entrance for children under 6 years old
• Discounted rates for children between 6 and 12 years old
• Free entrance to Place Massena for people in fancy dress
• No pets allowed
• Wheelchair access