King of the Animals

The Nice Carnival is 15 days of celebration in the city from 11 to 27 February 2022.
Parades of Corsi Carnavalesques (day and night) and flower battles, animations, shows ... are organized. This year's theme is the "King of the Animals", the Carnival of reunions and novelties!
The guest of honour this year is the Belgian Carnival "Gilles de la Louvière".
The Nice Carnival is an unmissable event on the French Riviera. Burlesque and magical shows, extravagant floats, big heads, elegant flower battles are waiting for you!

Programme of the Nice Carnival

For 15 days, night and day, come and discover the work of artists:

Illuminated carnival processions
Flower-decorated floats

All this in a festive atmosphere with dancers, music ...

The Nice Carnival, France

Illuminated parade


  • Friday 11 February 2022 > 18:30
    Opening Ceremony
    The large-scale opening ceremony (free of charge for Nice residents)
  • Saturday 12 February 2022> 20:00
    Grand opening illuminated carnival parade with the participation of all the flower floats.
  • Sunday 13 February 2022 > 14:30
    Battle of the Flowers
  • Tuesday 15 February 2022 > 20:00
    Illuminated carnival parade
  • Wednesday 16 February 2022 > 14:30
    Battle of the Flowers
  • Saturday 19 February 2022 > 14:30
    Battle of the Flowers
  • Saturday 19 February 2022 > 20:00
    Illuminated carnival parade
  • Sunday 20 February 2022 > 14:30
    Corso carnavalesque parada nissarda
  • Tuesday 22 February 2022 > 20:00
    Illuminated carnival parade
  • Wednesday 23 February 2022 > 14:30
    Battle of the Flowers
  • Saturday 26 February 2022 > 14:30
    Flower battle
  • Saturday 26 February 2022 > 20:00
    Illuminated carnival parade
  • Sunday 27 February 2022 > 17:30
    Closing ceremony for the King's cremation (free of charge for the citizens of Nice)

Programme subject to change


The Battle of the Flowers

The Narcissus Tank - Carnival of Nice


A large-scale opening ceremony

From 6.30 pm the ceremony will start on Place Masséna.
In the heart of Nice, come and attend the 149th Nice Carnival with a sound and light show
During 1 hour all the participants of the carnival will parade:

  • The King and Queen
  • Carnavallon (satirical newspaper),
  • Floats in bloom,
  • Carnival heralds (messengers) from the city's districts
  • Flagpoles,
  • Musical tours
  • Dancers
  • Guest of Honour: Belgian Carnival "Les Gilles de la Louvière

The ceremony is free for the people of Nice

The Carnival King

The King of Fashion takes the stage

The Carnival Village

Animations, conferences and shows, food stalls, are organised free of charge.
Installed during the whole Carnival, the village is located around the Bandstand of the Jardin Albert 1er

The Théâtre de Verdure will provide entertainment and shows for young and old alike.
Conferences and "Carnival masterclasses" will be scheduled to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the history of Carnivals.
Access is free. The village is open for the duration of the Carnival.

The Nice Carnival

Chinese dancers at the Nice Carnival

Parade exhibition

Next to the Place Masséna, each day the corsos of the day will be on display.

Guest of Honour: Belgian Carnival

It's the great troop of the "Gilles de la Louvière" with their huge hats, their colourful costumes, music, clogs and bells

Closing Ceremony > 27 February

See you on 27 February for the closing ceremony. This is the last day of the Carnival, where tradition dictates that the King is cremated.
From 9pm onwards, the parade of illuminated corsos will begin, lasting 1.5 hours.
In the middle of the Place Masséna, a large green and flowery promenade will be set up.
This Carnival will be closed by a large popular and free party.

Nice Carnival 2020

Spectacular entrances to the stage


Carnival rates

The prices will be communicated to you very soon.
Don't forget to dress up from head to toe, the corsi will be free!