You can attend Mardi Gras on the French Riviera. The Carnaval in Nice is a festive 10-day celebration featuring daily parades, concerts, street theater and more.
Dating back to the Middle Ages, people from around the globe have been descending on this gorgeous French Riviera city each year to cut loose. Find out how to plan your own visit for Nice Carnaval.
During Carnaval, the streets of Nice burst to life with a series of fun events. You can see the wintertime dip in the Mediterranean, or numerous parades.
The 2008 theme is Carnival “King of the Ratapignatas, Raminagrobis and other packs of masked rats”, where the alliteration of “ra” announces the year of the Rat, presenting strong symbols of Nice's identity and population and the strength of the power through a modern and outrageous fantasy. The Ratapignata is a bat in the compendium of beasts in Nice.
If you want to attend next year's carnaval, now is the time to start planning. It can be tough to reserve a room as it gets closer to the Carnaval season.