Nice is ready for Carnival!
His Majesty King Carnival 2017 will be "King of Energy". Different forms of energy: electric, fossil, wind, solar, hydraulic, renewable... but also the energy shown by man. A vast subject which will give a free reign to the imagination of Carnival illustrators and craftsmen.
For its 133rd edition, the King will invite us to have a look on our society mocked with a humoristic style, even satirical which our society needs so much.
The Carnival is made up of two distinct events: the carnival parades, both by day and by night and the flower parades.
On “Place Massena”, allegorical or burlesque floats parade with various entertainment elements, street performers and different international musical troupes.
By night, the play of lights gives the floats a magical aspect. Along the sea-front, the elegance of the flower parades emphasizes the power of flowers by enhancing the floral heritage of the region. The Carnival theme is expressed by the unique costumes worn by models who throw thousands of flowers to the audience. This second, more poetic, aspect of Carnival is an integral part of the event.
Every year the Carnival remains loyal to the spirit of this large popular event, particularly with the increasing number of local (neighbourhood) Carnivals, while at the same time remaining a major modern event.
Alongside the festivities, the carnival season offers an excellent opportunity to discover Nice in winter: the gentle climate, the brightness of the sky and the French Riviera art of living. Natural sites, a rich cultural and artistic life offer a wide range of emotions.
NEW IN 2017: A new route for all events In order to accommodate participants in a 100% secure fashion. The route of the carnival as well as that of the battle of flowers have been completely redesigned: the floats will pass through Place Masséna and will turn around Promenade du Paillon. Promenade du Paillon garden will be closed to traffic before and during the duration of the event. (see map)
For more information and tickets visit the Nice Carnival website