When:
February 16, 2019 – March 3, 2019 all-day
2019-02-16T00:00:00+01:00
2019-03-04T00:00:00+01:00
Where:
City of Menton

For 86 years, Menton has been celebrating its love affair with lemons during La Fête du Citron® – a festival which has become known throughout the world and which is like none other on earth. Thousands of visitors, giant buildings covered with citrus fruits, colourful flowerbeds, a blue sky, magical nights, surprising parades, music… for a celebration that gets better year after year. This year, from Saturday 16th February until Sunday 3rd March 2019, the time has come to discover fantastic worlds! Who hasn’t dreamed of exploring these marvellous universes, straight out of our imagination,where dragons, centaurs and leprechauns rub shoulders with elves,werewolves and magicians?

CONTENTS

• The story of La Fête du Citron® told by its mascot, John Lemon
Saturday 16 February at 11.00 am: opening of the 86th Fête du Citron®
Saturday 16 February at 2.00 pm: opening of the Exhibition of Citrus patterns
Saturday 16 February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 17 February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
Thursday 21 February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
Friday 22 February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 24 February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
Thursday 28 February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
Friday 1 March, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
Sunday 3 March, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade

The event in numbers

– 20 days of festival
– 240, 000 spectators on average each year
– 10 floats and 13 decorated displays in the gardens
– 200 artists (dancers, musicians)
– 400 participants (warehousemen, cashiers, screening staff)
– Over 20, 000 hours worked by crews, primarily municipal
– 12 people in charge of changing any fruit which has deteriorated each day
– 140 tonnes of citrus fruit for the gardens and floats
– Up to 18 tonnes of fruit for the most magnificent designs
– 45 kg of oranges or 30 kg lemons are needed to cover 1 m²
– 5 tonnes of additional fruit to replace any damaged fruit
– Over 750,000 elastic bands for attaching the fruit
– 15 tonnes of steel

For more information, head to the official website for the festival : www.feteducitron.com

 

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