Carnaval de Nice opts for contemporary over classic for its 2024 theme

The city of Nice will be going all out with a pop culture theme for next year’s carnival, but who will lead the procession? 

Over the years, the famous Carnaval de Nice has covered an array of themes, from the more recent King of World Treasures in 2022 and King of the Animals the year before to gastronomy, space, the Mediterranean and sport.  

There’s often a figurehead associated with the chosen subject, a King who leads the parade through the streets of Nice and along the Promenade des Anglais, but with a theme as wide as pop culture, which has been picked for the 2024 event, it is anyone’s guess as to who it will be come February.  


From 17th February to 3rd March, a period that neatly crosses all three winter school holiday zones in France, the parades, flower battles, dancers and musicians of the age-old festival will return to Nice.  

See more: Everything you need to know about the Nice Carnival

Floats dedicated to all things pop culture, from TV and film to fashion and music, will be lined up for a series of free and ticketed events, including a pop-up Carnival Village on the Promenade du Paillon that will be open to all from 11am to 6pm daily. This will be free to enter. 

The opening and closing nights will also be free in 2024. The final procession will culminate with a fireworks display at Centenaire Plage, where the King’s float will be set alight.  

Children under 12 and those in fancy dress can also get free entry to the standing zones throughout the festivities, except for the flower parades. Tickets are required, but can be obtained gratis from ticket stands or reserved online ahead of time.  

Lou Queernaval will delight the masses on Place Masséna on 23rd February. This event has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly among those who love a bit of glitter and sparkle.

For the full list of parades and events, as well as to reserve tickets, click here

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