The Lemon Festival in Menton 2020

fete des citrons menton

LEMON FESTIVAL PROGRAM

Dates : From 15th february to 3rd march 2020.
Place : City of Menton.

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87e Fête du Citron®

from 15 February to 3 March 2020

BENEATH THE ZEST OF ORANGES AND LEMONS LIES ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST FESTIVALS

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.

The main events

  • Saturday 15th February at 11.00 am: opening of the 86th Fête du Citron®
  • Saturday 15th February at 2.00 pm: opening of the Exhibition of Citrus patterns
  • Saturday 15th February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
  • Sunday 16th February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
  • Thursday 20th February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
  • Friday 21th February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
  • Sunday 23rd February, 2.30 pm: Golden Fruit Parade
  • Thursday 27th February, 9 pm: The night-time parade, (followed by fireworks)
  • Friday 28th February, 8.30 pm: Les Jardins de Lumières (The Gardens of Lights)
  • Sunday 1st 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

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