The Nice Carnival had its golden age during the Belle-Epoque, however its history goes back a long way. The Duke of Anjou, Charles II, is said to have travelled to Nice just to enjoy the festivities as early as 1294.
Today the Nice Carnival is one of the world's most popular events of its kind, thanks in no small part to the huge annual turn out and the record-breaking number of paper-maché figurines in the parades.
During the parades, festival-goers carry some 150,000 hand-painted lamps, twinkling like stars. The Carnival is a celebration for people of all ages and from all backgrounds, and the event goes on for two whole weeks. The lighting and decorations in Nice during the Carnival are truly unique, transforming the Place Masséna and the Promenade des Anglais into a twinkling fairytale setting.
Expect celebrations, surprises, colourful costumes, make-up, glitter and gold, floats and parades, flowers, puppets and a huge firework display to close the festival. On the French Riviera, the Nice Carnival is Europe's answer to the Rio Carnival. Don't miss out on all the fun!
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