The Nice Carnival is an annual festival which takes place every year on the streets of the Promenade des Anglais. The carnival is one of the world’s biggest, attracting over 1 million visitors over the fortnight. This year’s theme is ‘King of Energy’ and 16 floats will make their way up the promenade in a wonderfully colourful procession. There will also be the famous ‘flower battles’ - an amazing display of extravagant flowers adorning the floats and competing for your attention. Participants throw around 100,000 mimosas, roses and daisies out to the waiting crowd. You’ll also witness the stunning Parade of Lights which illuminates the city every evening.
Your nearest airport is Nice-Côte d'Azur International Airport from which you can get an Airport Express Bus into the city for €6. Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi, which will take you about 20 minutes. If you’re arriving by train from Paris, you can catch a TGV high-speed train which will get you into the heart of Nice in five and a half hours. There are two different rates to watch the carnival - general admission costs €12 and reserved seating costs €26. Children under six years old or those in fancy dress can enter for free - so get your costumes sorted out!
If you book online before the end of September, you can benefit from 15% off the normal booking price. Head to the offical website for more details. However, you can also purchase tickets on the day before each event at ticket offices which are located near to the event. As the event is one of the biggest and most famous carnivals in the world, be aware that it’s likely to be very crowded. If you’re not keen on the crowds, it may be worth booking a seat on one of the midweek days rather than for the opening or closing parades.
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There is plenty to keep you occupied on the French Riviera: get your fix of culture by visiting the Musée National Marc Chagall; check out the world’s most expensive megayachts in nearby Monaco; sample a piece of Russia in Nice at the opulent St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral.
To find out more information about Nice Carnival 2017, otherwise known as Carnaval de Nice 2017, including more about its history, the programme, how to download the carnival guide and to discover some useful facts about the event, please head to the official website.
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