Fête du Citron

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The Fête du Citron in Menton is a unique event in the world that attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year and is, without doubt, one of the main events of winter on the French Riviera.

Since 1928, the Lemon Festival has lit up the French Riviera in yellow. The famous citrus, cultivated not far from there, dresses all kinds of scenery and serves as a pretext for a beautiful party lasting for 15 days under the sun of the Mediterranean.

One of the great events of winter on the French Riviera. For this carnival festival, Menton is decked out in yellow: citrus, the city's true emblem, reigns supreme. One can admire the floats decorated with oranges and lemons, the "corsos des fruits d'or", which move along the Promenade du Soleil, along the seaside. The lemon festival also promises a nocturnal corso with fireworks.

The Menton Tourist Board has organised the event towards the end of February since 1928. Today, each festival uses an average of 140 tonnes of citrus fruit to decorate its gigantic structures and floats. The festival has now become the second-largest winter event on the French Riviera, after the Carnival of Nice and before the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. It takes place around the same time as the carnival of Nice.

Each year, the festival features a given theme: Disney, Music of the World, Spain, with the latest them being “Les Fêtes du Monde” (Festivals from around the World). The sculptures are on display throughout the three weeks of the festival, with parades and light shows making them glitter at night. Then, at the end of the festival, they are dismantled, and the citrus is sold at a steep discount.