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Nice Carnival

The largest carnival in France

There are three major carnivals in the world – Rio, Venice and Nice. In February, the largest carnival in France livens up the Côte d'Azur with grand festivities. The whole town gets swept up in a festive euphoria, and streets come to life with colour and costumed people. This colourful tradition dates back to the 13th century and continues to be the city’s beating heart during winter. The liveliness never stops on the Baie des Anges – on the contrary.

Say goodbye to doom and gloom and come and see the splendid Corsos Carnavalesques, wonderful parades created by local artisans who are as passionate as they are enthusiastic. Look out for the twenty floats as they ride by, which all follow a certain theme that changes each year. Some reach heights of 20 m. With music, colour and accents, your trip to Nice will plunge you into a huge folk celebration cumulating in the famous battle of the flowers. This is another highlight of the carnival.
Before your very eyes, the people of Nice throw thousands of flowers grown locally. It’s a magical spectacle that you’re invited to!
When evening falls, you’ll discover the carnival in its night-time glory under a stream of confetti. As you watch the lively floats of the corsos and the parade of large papier-mâché heads, you’ll feel like you're in a dream that could only be made in Nice. After you’ve enjoyed this unmissable event, our hotel in the centre of Nice is the ideal place to lay your head.

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