Getting into Nice Carnival for Free

Getting into Nice Carnival for Free

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The Nice Carnival is an annual celebration that attracts thousands of locals and tourists to the Place Masséna. Between corsos, flower battles and illuminated events spanning three weeks, the city of Nice becomes the scene of an unforgettable party.

Right in the heart of the action, Hotel Locarno offers an ideal location with easy access to the tramway, making it easy to get around Nice. But before you dive into the excitement of Carnival, find out how to get there for free!


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Carnival corso illuminated during Carnaval de Nice 2022 - Crédit Summer Hotels

Come dressed up for free entry to the Nice Carnival!

Nice is renowned for its summer festivities, but winter also has its share of surprises, including the Carnival in February. This month, it's all about festivities and masquerade costume. While tickets on the official box office range from 7 to 28 euros, depending on location, there's a trick that lets you take part for free.

Bring your full costume and head for the specific entrances reserved for pedestrian zones: you'll be given a ticket, subject to availability in each zone.* Once you've got your ticket, all that's left to do is dive into the crowd and enjoy the colorful spectacle of Nice Carnival!

*This opportunity applies only to pedestrian zones during illuminated Corsi carnavalesques.


Attention: Dress Code Guidelines at Nice Carnival!

Please be aware that not all attire guarantees free admission to the Nice Carnival. Specific accessories are strictly prohibited, such as disguises that may cause confusion, items with religious, military, or offensive connotations, and any objects listed* as prohibited for security reasons.

*Suitcases, sharp objects, tripods, weapons (even fake ones), motorcycle helmets, folding chairs, alcoholic beverages and protest banners.

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Carnaval de Nice 2023 float on Place Masséna - Crédit Summer Hotels

The Nice 2024 Carnival Program

  • Opening Parade: On Saturday, February 17 at 2:30 p.m., gather at Place Masséna to witness the Carnival kick-off.
  • Carnival Parade of Lights​ : Immerse yourself in the enchantment of the Carnaval Parade of Lights on February 17, 20, 24 and 27, and on March 2 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Carnival Parade: Experience the wonder of the Carnival Parade on Sunday, February 25 at 2:30 p.m
  • Flower Parades: Don't miss the flowery moments of the flower parades on February 21, 24 and 28, as well as on March 2 at 2.30pm on Place Masséna.
  • Lou Queernaval: Join Lou Queernaval on Place Masséna at 8pm on February 23. This event is free, but reservations are required.
  • Closing Ceremony: From March 2 to 3, close the year in style on the Promenade des Anglais with the incineration of the King of the Nice Carnival. These festivities are free for all participants.

The Nice Carnival is a magical time when the city lights up with joy and color. Free access to certain areas is possible by playing the masquerade costume game, but keep in mind the dress restrictions to avoid any disappointment. The Hotel Locarno, your ideal pied-à-terre, is at your disposal to make the most of this festive experience, just a stone's throw from the festivities. Immerse yourself in this playful atmosphere and let yourself be carried away by the magic of Nice Carnival, a celebration where creativity and good humor meet to create unforgettable memories!