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Vieux Nice is the centre of Nice’s pub and club scene, much of it anglophone in character. As for nightclubs, bouncers judging how much you’re going to spend, or exclusive membership lists, are the rule. There are two big casinos – the Casino Ruhl (1 promenade des Anglais) and the Palais de la Méditerranée (15 promenade des Anglais). Nice’s lesbian and gay scene is active, and for lesbian and gay visitors the city has a relaxed feel. The annual Pink Parade takes place in early summer. The Mardi Gras Carnival opens the year’s events in February (wnicecarnaval.com), with the second week of July taken up by the Nice Jazz Festival (wnicejazzfestival.fr for info).

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