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Nice Carnival 2013 - King of the Five Continents

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This month Nice comes alive, as it does every year, with its annual carnival. The Nice Carnival starts on 15th February and concludes on 6th March 2013. Its roots can be traced back as far as 1294 when, according to accounts, the ensuing crowds threw plaster confetti, eggs and flour at each other. Today it’s much more family friendly and is one of the largest and entertaining carnivals in the world. As you would expect the event is loud, colourful, and unforgettable and doesn’t end when the sun sets. Crowds party late into the night with a programme of events to keep everyone entertained.

The Carnival winds its way up the Place Massena and is hard to miss, giant papier mache structures, over a thousand musicians and dancers and almost 20 floats fill the space and get everyone in the carnival spirit. Revellers should also head out to the Promenade des Anglais to ensure they are showered with flowers from the flower battles that take place here. Expect to catch locally produced gerberas and mimosas as well as a host of other brightly coloured flora.

This year’s theme is ‘King of the Five Continents’ so visitors can expect an extravagant, eclectic and colourful affair.

For those who are looking party their way into spring and wave a cheery goodbye to winter then the Nice Carnival is a must!

Tickets and prices

Seats for the event can be booked online or purchased from various outlets throughout Nice. A special 2 event ticket can be purchased for 35€ and includes the Carnival Parade or Carnival Parade of Lights plus entrance to the Flower Parade. 10€ per child for reserved seating with Children under 6 admitted free if sitting on parents lap.

Online tickets can be reserved here: Nice Carnival Tickets
Tickets are available from the Nice Convention and Visitors Bureau (Office du Tourisme et des Congrès: 5 Promenade des Anglais) in advance. Before each event, tickets can be purchased at booths located near the site if still available.

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