“King of Gastronomy” & the Carnaval Queen

Carnaval logo2014 Nice Carnaval
Carnaval programHear Ye, Hear Ye!

His Nice Carnival Majesty will be “King of Gastronomy”. The biggest winter event on the French Riviera, Nice Carnival lasts for two weeks and three weekends, offering a program of unforgettable, daring and original sights. If you’d like a passport to the festivities and a chance to forget the chill of winter, avoid the queues at the ticket offices, book your seats online today and print your E-tickets HERE!

2014 CARNAVAL QUEEN:

“The Carnival Queen, who will be the Ambassador of Nice and its Carnival for a year, will be chosen exclusively by net surfers. Whether they are blond or brunette, all the contestants have been chosen for their charm, elegance and vital statistics. Its up to you to make your choice, vote for your favourite contestant and enter the contest. Until February 2, increase your chances of winning a stay in Nice for 2 by voting at each of the different stages. (candidates’ photos below)

The Nice Carnival is the most important winter event on the French Riviera. The theme of this 130th edition will be « King of the Gastronomy ». A touch of blue and ocre, a zest of charm and lots of sun… Nice in February offers an opportunity for an unforgettable stay! In Nice, during the Carnival, experience all emotions!”

(Source: nicecarnaval.com (link in English)

Behind the scenes auditions for 2014:

WHO WOULD YOU VOTE FOR TO BE THIS YEAR’S QUEEN?

(use comment box to list your choice from these 8 contestants)
queens2 queens1RESULTS:  Angeline was chosen as the Queen of this year’s carnaval.

Nice Carnaval – Grand Opening!

As an update to my previous Winter Festivals post, today is the grand opening of the Nice Carnival – the third largest in the world!   The video is a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the grand event – don’t forget to bring your silly string!

Schedules for Nice & Menton Festivals:

Nice Carnival

Friday 15th FebruaryCarnaval-poster-201x300

8.30pm Opening Festivities, free entrance

16th + 23rd February, 2nd March

2.30pm Flower Parade

9.00pm Carnival Parade of lights

Sunday 17th February

8.30am Carnival Race: ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll 10 Miles’

12.00pm Carnival Swim Free entrance

19th, 24th, 26th February, 3rd March

2.30pm  Carnival Parade

20th + 27th February, 6th March

2.30pm  Flower Parade

Saturday 2nd March

2.30pm  Flower Parade

9.00pm Carnival Parade of lights

Tuesday 5th March

9.00pm Carnival Parade of lights

Wednesday 6th March

9.30pm  Closing Festivities Burning of the King and firework display

Menton Lemon Festival

Saturday 16th February to Wednesday 6th March

Citrus Exhibition

Biovès Gardens Weekdays: 10am-6pm

Weekends: 9am-6pm (16th Feb opens 1pm)

Sunday 17th, Thursday 21st, Sunday 24th, Thursday 28th February

Garden of Lights

Biovès Gardens From 8.30pm to 10.30pm

Sunday 17th + 24th February, 3rd March

Parade, Promenade du Soleil From 2.30pm

Sunday 3rd March Promenade du Soleil

Closing Ceremony

Fireworks from 9pm at Esplanade Francis Palmero

Fridays 22nd February + 1st March

Night Parades

Promenade du Soleil 8.30pm