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Nice Carnival 2024, 17 February - 03 March. Program and rates

Nice Carnival

WHERE: Nice, France
WHEN: from 17 February to 03 March 2024

In a scenographic and evocative setting, over two weeks of shows, flower battles, absurd characters await you. The Nice Carnival is one of the most anticipated winter events on the entire Côte d’Azur; certainly, among the most evocative in all of Europe.

Over 1000 musicians, dancers and artists from all corners of the world will animate the traditional parades, day and night. From Place Masséna to the Promenade du Paillon, it will be a succession of floats decorated with splendid floral arrangements, characters dressed in incredible costumes and… much more.

Guaranteed fun for the whole family, in the company of “Le Roi de la culture Pop“, the King of the Pop Culture, protagonist of the 2024 edition.

King of Carnival

During the 7 day and night parades, a total of 17 floats will make you experience the event to the fullest. Each wagon will be set up according to its own theme; the height varies from 8 to 16 meters. Official designers and important tank crews will give free rein to their imagination. The show is truly guaranteed. Furthermore, artists and collaborators of major international newspapers contribute to the Nice Carnival (Soleil de Québec, Sincho or Wall Street Journal…), artists expert in local culture (Moya, Broquet…).

Because, in these parts, Carnival is a vocation, a passion.



The parades of allegorical floats take place along the central Place Masséna and around the Jardin Albert le 1er.

The best way to reach the city during this period is by public transport. Buses and trams are quite reliable.

If you arrive by car, bear in mind that many areas are closed to traffic during the Nice Carnival. If you arrive on the motorway, take exit 54 or 55 and leave the car at the “Parcazur Las Planas“. From here, by tram, you can move easily. The Nicetoile, Porte Olympia and Parking du Fare car parks offer a special rate of €5 for the whole day (you must have a ticket for the parade for the same day).


Bataille des Fleurs - Carnaval de Nice 2013

Photo ©, Mark Fischer

The Battle of the Flowers is the most anticipated event of the Nice Carnival. It represents one of the highest points of carnival creativity in these parts. The event dates back to 1876, when Andriot Saëtone created the first parade along the famous Promemade des Anglais. Since then, the ceremony has become more and more magical, beautiful and evocative.

The absolute protagonists are the flowers of the Côte d’Azur. 85% of those used are, in fact, locally produced. On each float, up to 100,000 flowers are thrown by the models. The realization of the installations is the result of a meticulous work of real artists.

The Illuminated Carnival Courses represent another unmissable appointment of the Nice Carnival. Every evening, all the floats are illuminated and the parades light up the heart of Nice with a thousand lights. Guaranteed magic and atmosphere.

Feathers. Sequins. Eccentricity and extravagance and all the highest values of tolerance and sharing will be protagonists on Friday 23 February with Lou Queernaval, the first Gay carnival in France. Meet at 8pm at Place Massena. Guaranteed fun for the little ones, however, with entertainment on 17 and 18 February at the “Jean Bouinice rink.

Nice Carnival Illuminated masked courses

Photo ©, debs-eye

It officially begins on Saturday 17 February 2024, at 2.30 pm, with the daytime inauguration parade. In the evening, however, the Great Illuminated Opening Course. Appointment at 8.30pm.

All Carnival Courses take place at 8.30pm on the following dates: Saturday 17 and 24 February, Tuesday 20 and 27 February and Saturday 02 March.

The Battle of Flowers takes place on Wednesday 21st and 28th February, Saturday 24th February and 02nd March. Appointment at 2.30pm.

Saturday 02 March, grand closing ceremony, with free entry, starting from 10.30pm at the Promenade des Anglais.

The ticket to attend one of the parades or the Battle of Flowers costs €28.00 at full non-refundable rate in the ZONE A stands, and €23 in the ZONE B stands. The ticket to attend the standing events in PEDESTRIAN ZONE A costs €14 . Children aged 6 to 12 pay the reduced rate of €10 (STAND A), €8 (STAND B), €4 (PEDESTRIAN). Free for children up to 5 years of age accompanied by a paying adult (even in this case, you will have to get a ticket for the minor)


Staying in Nice is not expensive. You can find, if necessary, good facilities between 40 and 50 € even in the center. Also close to major events like the Nice Carnival.

Hôtel Ozz by Happyculture, in Rue Paganini, it is an excellent solution for quality / price ratio. Located in the heart of Nice, it offers air-conditioned rooms with lockers and a private bathroom with a bath or shower. Some rooms also have a balcony. From here, you can book your room at a discounted price.

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