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85th Fête du Citron® - Menton

85th Fête du Citron® - Menton

17 February - 04 March 2018
La Fête du Citron (the Lemon Festival of Menton), a unique event on the Cote d'Azur, with a fortnight of fun around the theme Bollywood.

Stilt walkers, musicians, actors and acrobats provide both daytime and evening entertainment during the float processions. Narwhals, whales, giant squid and other creatures take over the Biovès Gardens and reveal all their secrets in the spotlights of the Gardens of Light.

La Fête du Citron® (Lemon Festival), an unique event in the world, attracts 240,000 visitors every year – a number which is constantly rising.

With processions of floats, gardens of lights and the exhibition of giant designs, come and discover this fantasy world, and move to the rhythm of a simply unforgettable event.
More than 300 professionals work on the project and 145 tons of citrus fruits are used.

This year’s highlights
Corso fête du citron  

Golden fruits parades
Sunday 19, 25 February é 04 March 2018 at 2:30 pm
Parades of golden fruit along Promenade du Soleil, with splendid floats decorated with citrus fruit and moving figures. Between each float, musical bands of all kinds, folk groups and majorettes to set the atmosphere.
Night-time parades
Thursday 22 February & 1 March 2018 at 9:00 pm
Time to party! Brass bands, orchestras, folk groups, dancers and the plain mischievous add a spark of splendour to the parade worthy of the most ambitious street festivals!

Exhibition of citrus patterns
Every day from 10am to 6pm, on Sunday from 10am to 7pm
On Sundays from 9am to 7pm 
On saturday 17 february 2018 opening hour à 2 pm.

In the Biovès garden, travel round the world with citrus fruit, visiting the entire planet thanks to splendid compositions made with lemons and oranges. 
Gardens of light in the Biovès garden  
17, 23 February & 02 March 2018 from 8:30 pm to 10:30pm

The Garden of Light opens a world with a magical play of sound and light. 

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The Lemon Festival also means 

Holi Party : 24 February 2018 at 3:30 pm
Come and experience a whirlwind of colour to the sounds of Bollywood for a moment of pure Indian -style exuberance! The music and dancing at this huge open -air ‘ party’ will be led by a DJ.

The Orchid Festival at Palais de l’Europe
Exhibition of the finest orchid specimens in an exotic setting of plants and water.

Arts and Crafts Show
Local artisans present their work : wooden sculptures, glass engraving, ceramics and pottery…
Taste the citrus flavours and local foods that make up the Menton’s gourmet smorgasbord of delights.





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