Nice Carnival

Nice Carnival, one of the most beautiful carnivals in the world!



Prepare your stay in Nice with our special Carnival offers including your accommodation and a grandstand seat / person for a Carnival Corso or for a Flower Parade !


Nice Carnival is the first carnival in France and one of the three most famous and beautiful carnivals in the world after Rio and Venice.

Its international reputation makes the Carnival one of the top events on the Côte d’Azur in winter. Every winter, in February and for 2 weeks of festivities, the Carnival attracts over 1 million visitors!

The sumptuously decorated floats, the colourful costumes, the performances by musicians and artists from France and Europe, these explosions of colour and lively music make the Carnival an unmissable event!

The illuminated carnival Corsi and the Flower Parades are on the programme for this exceptional event.

Nice Carnival ends with the cremation of the king and a great firework display. It represents a real breath of fresh air for the local economy, with its 1,400 direct jobs and 30 million euros in economic spin-offs.

The Mayor of Nice takes advantage of the last carnival parade to announce the theme of the next edition.

If you are looking for a colourful destination, Nice is an excellent option! Also known for its mild climate, its incomparable colours and lights and its art of living, Nice Côte d’Azur is a destination of choice all year round.


The Flower Parades 💐

Created in 1876, the Flower Parade was originally a simple exchange of flowers to entertain tourists! Over the years, it has become the elegant parade of the Nice Carnival and the showcase of local production.

Roses, mimosa, carnations, gladioli… 80% of the flowers used are locally produced. More than 4000 stems of fresh flowers are needed to make each float, carefully decorated by hand by the florists of Nice.

“On the occasion of its 150th anniversary and to honour the inscription of Nice “Riviera winter resort city” on the UNESCO World Heritage list, the Nice Carnival 2023 will have as its theme the treasures of our world heritage. See you from 10th to 26th February 2023, for the “Nice Carnival, King of World Treasures.”

Christian Estrosi, Mayor of Nice, President of the Nice Côte d’Azur Metropolitan Area and President of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

The 150th edition of the Nice Carnival  🎉

The City of Nice presents the Nice Carnival, King of the Treasures of the World from 10th to 26th February 2023!

For this special edition, the Rio Carnival will join the festivities for the first weekend. The 150th anniversary Grand Parade will take place on Saturday 11th February 2023 at 2.30 pm!

The programme includes a parade of the King and Queen, some carnival floats and floral floats, the big heads, and the dancers and musicians.

This unique ceremony officially kicks off Nice Carnival.

Reserved seating (Tribunes) and pedestrian areas

Placement et tribunes Carnaval 2023

Located on the Place Masséna, Tribune A includes the Max Gallo Tribune, the Jean Jaurès Tribune, the Masséna Tribune and the Félix Faure Tribune.

Pedestrian Zone A is located at the foot of the Place Masséna stands.

Pedestrian Zone B is located along Avenue de Verdun and Pedestrian Zone C comprises 2 zones. A southern promenade zone is located on the Promenade des Anglais and a northern zone is located on the Jardin Albert Ier side.


EVENTGrandstands APedestrian zone A*PEDESTRIAN ZONE B OR C*
150th Anniversary Grand Parade– Adults: €32
– Children*: €10
– Disabled people* : €11
– Adults : €17
– Children* : €5
– Disabled people*: Free
– Adults : €10
– Children* : Free
– Disabled people*: Free
The Flowers Parade– Adults : 28
– Children* : €10
– Disabled people* : €11
– Adults : /
– Children* : /
– Disabled people*: Free
– Adults : €14
– Children*: €5
– Disabled people*: Free
Illuminated carnival parade– Adults : €28
– Children* : €10
– Disabled people* : €11
– Adults : €14
– Children* : €5
– Disabled people*: /
– Adults : €7
– Children* : Free
– Disabled people*: Free
2-show package (excluding Saturdays)– Adults : €45– Adults : /– Adults : /
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Children*: rates for 6 to 12 years old included. Free for children aged 0 to 5 years.

Disabled persons* : Persons holding a disability card of 80% or more and their companion.

Carnival village

The Carnival Village, the little novelty that was a great success in 2022, is back for this 150th edition!

Set up in the heart of Nice on the Promenade du Paillon, the Carnival Village is free and the public can find various artistic animations, creative workshops and food stands for all ages.

Come to the Carnival Village to fully experience the carnival event!


Carnival is a Nice tradition

It was in 1294 that “the joyous days of Carnival” were first mentioned by Charles d’Anjou, Count of Provence, during his visit to the city.

At the request of the municipality, Andriot Saëtone from Nice created the “Comité des fêtes” in 1873 to organize the Carnival and give it a new dimension. The aim was to attract the rich winter visitors who stayed in Nice. The processions of floats then appeared, accompanied by illustrators, stands, masquerades, and above all a stage production directed by Alexis Mossa. The 1st Carnival thus entered the city on 23 February 1873.

In the hands of Alexis Mossa and his son Gustave Adolf, the modern Carnival was born. Until 1971, the event becomes more and more spectacular, relying on contemporary news, the grotesque, and the fabulous. The creative work done on the float models combines modernity and tradition with finesse, which UNESCO will underline by designating it as a tangible intangible heritage.

It was in the 19th century that the Carnival was revealed as we know it today. At that time, Nice became the “capital of the winter holiday” and it was during the stay of the King of Piedmont-Sardinia Charles-Felix that the event was organised on the Cours Saleya, in winter, under the balcony of the palace.


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