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Nice carnival, which has been running for more than 700 years since the 13th century, is considered one of the world's three great carnival, together with Rio in Brazil and carnival in Venice, Italy. The carnival is now composed of two parts, a day part and a night part, and the Bataille de Fleurs held in the day has a history of over 100 years, but there are large parade floats and glittering light-ups The night part is more popular.

Dates : February 17, 2018 - March 02, 2018

Place : Massena Square, Place Masséna, English Promenade des Anglais

Entrance : http://www.nicecarnaval.com/le-theme Booked at the official website of Nice Carnival


The large Ferris wheel set up in Massena square is enhancing festive feeling. Last night 's remnant of the carnival, petals and confetti were scattered all around. From the plaza to the promenade des anglais where the sea can be seen, the atmosphere of the carnival is full.



The day part of Carnival is Bataille de Fleurs, which means battle of flowers. A German artist who loves flowers in 1876 and invented by Alphonse Karr, has been a festival that has been going on for the foreseeable futures.


Dancers wearing gorgeous costumes will show their generosity of dance in front of the audience. Approximately 1,000 dancers participate in Nice Carnival and more than 15 large parade floats are said to be used.


A parade float filled with flowers. A woman in the photo spreads the flowers of mimosa for the audience.


Some participants perform acrobatic performance like circus. The man in the photo was bouncing around like flying in the air.


As same as 100 years ago, many people are enjoying flower battle today as well. Will not everyone return to my mind the moment when I reach out to catch the flowers overhead?


The parade in the daytime lasts about two hours.



Carnival night section starting at 9 pm. As I mentioned at the beginning, there were more people gathered than in the daytime. A huge parade float is illuminated brilliantly.


2018 The theme of Nice Carnival is "Roi de l'Espace (King of the Universe)". As the universe was a theme, various alien dolls were busy streets. On the far right of the photo you can also see the float of the Earon mask ongoing with the space X project sending people to Mars.


I was able to see a doll that seems satirizing politicians such as Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump.


Character with motif of Soviet dog Leica sent to space for survival experiment of creatures of outer space.


This is also French-like satirical doll: French president Emmanuel M. Macron and Lady Brigitte Macron with a long arm like an alien. It is a sight that you can not see anywhere else.


Regardless of age and nationality, a lot of people enjoyed Nice carnival.


Author, Photo : Han Jaeun

Translate : Gisella Azevedo