Nice Carnival – 12th to 28th February 2016


The Nice Carnival 2016 will take place from 12th to 28th February 2016. He will be ‘King of Media, an invitation to reflexion about the right to freedom of expression. A theme which opens all perspectives to imagination and that is still a topical subject. But this journey through the media universe won’t be less amusing…, to have a look to our society mocked on 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 the “Place Massena”, 17 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 emphasize the power of flowers by enhancing the floral heritage of the region. The Carnival theme is expressed by the unique costumes worn by the models who throw thousands of flowers to the audience. This second, more poetic, aspect of Carnival is an integral part of the event.

20118227The 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.

After the success in 2015 of the LOU QUEERNAVAL, the first France’s gay parade, the second edition will be launched place Masséna on February 19th, a friendly event opened to everyone, on the ‘live better’ theme.

The sports day, they will be back in 2016, still in the world known Promenade des Anglais. The first weekend will welcome the Nice Carnival Run, the most festive one in Europe on 5 or 10 km, where every participant will have to be costumed. The third weekend will greet the Carnival bath and the Zumba, which benefits will be offered to a charity.

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 offers a wide range of emotions.

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