The 130th edition of the Carnaval de Nice takes place this coming February, and guarantees to be a real mouthwatering experience!

Calling all gourmands! Nice is definitely the place for you this coming February, and more specifically the 2014 Carnaval de Nice, the theme of which for this 130th edition is ‘Roi de la Gastronomie‘.

The upcoming carnaval will also celebrate the relaunch of the Nissarde cooking label. As the organisers say ‘What better way to discover a community than being invited to their table?’

From its origins back in the 1870s, the modern Carnaval de Nice has traditionally been seen as a precursor to Lent. This event afforded the people the chance to indulge in and enjoy excesses before the 40 days of fasting and abstinence that was to come. Things may have changed somewhat over the years, but Carnaval is still a huge attraction for the Niçois and the many visitors who flock to the city for the occasion.

The Queen of Carnaval de Nice 2013 in Place Masséna

The King's helpers at Carnaval de Nice 2013

The guest of honour for the 2014 Carnaval will be Germany, only fitting as Nice celebrates its 60th anniversary of being twinned with the city of Nuremberg

There will of course be the traditional Batailles de Fleurs on the Promenade des Anglais, where over 100,000 flowers are thrown to the gathered crowds annually, and the Corsi Carnavalesques, which will take place in Place Masséna, featuring the highly ornate and hand-crafted floats.

The sporting side of things is well catered for again this time around with the second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll 10 Miles du Carnaval on Sunday, 16th February, and two charity events – a Zumba session on the opening weekend and the Carnaval Dip on Sunday, 23rd February.


Carnaval de Nice 2014 runs from Friday, 14th February (yes, Valentine’s Day!) until Tuesday, 4th March, when the poor old King gets burned out at sea. But there will be fireworks!

For a detailed programme of events throughout Carnaval, including the Batailles de Fleurs and the day and night time parades, please check the official event website. Tickets for the various events may be booked by emailing the organisers, and range in price from €10 to €35 for adults, with reduced tariffs available for children.

Opening ceremony of Carnaval de Nice 2013 in Place Masséna


Corsi Illuminés
Place Masséna
06000 Nice

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Batailles de Fleurs
Promenade des Anglais
06000 Nice

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