Nice Carnival with families
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The No 1 event on the Côte d’Azur, the Nice Carnival attracts visitors from around the world. The origins of the “Corso Carnavalesque” can be traced back to 13th century when the population would treat themselves to a period of partying and good food right before Lent. The modern version of the Nice Carnival was created in 1873 when a festival committee was created. This committee instigated parades of floats and cavalcades, and installed the first paying stands. Three years later, Alphonse Karr created the first flower battle, which today is one of the highlights of the event.
The Nice Carnival, which lasts for two weeks in February, takes a route which runs close to the hotel, around Place Masséna and the Promenade du Paillon park. Throughout these fifteen days, numerous flower battles are organised. From floats resembling great floral compositions, extravagant people and beautiful hostesses throw thousands of flowers to the public, spreading the fresh, sweet scents of mimosas, gerberas and lilies along the route. On some evenings, the Corso Carnavalesque is lit up and offers spectators and families a parade of illuminated floats, musical groups and street artists. Other events during this festive period include the maritime flower battle (at Villefranche-sur-Mer), a gastronomic lunch served at the Grande Roue ferris wheel and the Parada Nissarda parade.