In addition to the involvement of the majority of the municipal services and all the staff at the Tourist Office,La Fête du Citron® employs nearly 400 people recruited as warehousemen, cashiers and screening staff. There are also over 200 artists, dancers and musicians taking part throughout the event. All the security staff positioned at the entrances to the event in addition to the police force must also be included.

The main events

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

Somes of the event’s key figures

-20 days of merry-making
-240 000 spectators on average each year
-10 floats and 13 decorated displays in the gardens
-400 workers
-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 of 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
-Between 6 and 8 km of vegetable garlands
-15 tons of steel

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

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