The main winter event on the Riviera is one of the largest carnivals in the world, offering a programme of unforgettable entertainment … from 11th to 25th February 2017.

The carnival processions, comprising 17 floats work their way up to a crescendo of gigantic celebrations on the Place Masséna.


This year, the King will be ‘King of Energy". A theme which opens all perspectives to imagination and that is still a topical subject... and will show his fans that he has many ressources!

These giant, colourful parades take place day and night, with entertainment provided by over 1,000 musicians and dancers from across the world.



In a unique setting, the elegant "flower battles" are part of the carnival not to be missed. On floats decorated with the most stunning floral compositions, extravagantly dressed characters throw out mimosas, gerberas, and lilies into the public …

For over 15 days, the city hums to the rhythm of this genuine, fairy-tale event … get a passport for the celebration and let the magic do its work … come and forget the dullness of winter and take in the sun on the French Riviera!

NEW IN 2017 (see map) : A new route, identical for all events In order to accommodate the spectators in a 100% secure enclosure, the route of the carnival corso as well as that of the battle of flowers have been completely redesigned. The two events will take place on a unique route: the floats will pass through Place Masséna and will turn around the Promenade du Paillon (see map). This new route involves the closure of the Promenade du Paillon garden before and during the duration of the event.

Consult the Nice Carnival Rules of procedure