Nice (06 Alpes-Maritimes, Provence PACA) celebrates its Carnaval from 15 – 29 February 2020 with the theme of “King of Fashion” – this has grown into one of the largest carnivals in the world and is the main winter event on the Riviera with its Battle of the Flowers, carnaval parades, flower parades and parade of lights!
Held over two weeks, with spectacular shows taking place around the Place Masséna, Le Jardin Albert 1er and the Promenade des Anglais. In 2018 the theme was Roi de Cinéma (King of Cinema), . marking the 100th anniversary of the city’s Film Studios, opened in 1919, which have been used by such stars as Brigitte Bardot, Woody Allen and Alfred Hitchcock.
In a unique setting, on the Promenade des Anglais, the elegant “flower battles” Batailles de Fleurs are part of the carnival not to be missed (Saturday afternoons). On floats decorated with the most stunning floral compositions, extravagantly dressed characters throw out mimosas, gerberas, and lilies into the public … Saturday evenings there is the carnival parade of lights Corso Carnavalesque Illuminé
Carnival provides locals and visitors with a chance to enjoy themselves before the privations of Lent and certainly brightens up the long dull winter days – although the Riviera is seldom dreary even in mid-winter.
For more info on Nice Carnaval see www.nicecarnaval.com
By Train to Nice with Rail Europe