In the heart of the festival, the marvelous lemon-based walking path takes place day and night with footsteps, fire fighters, musicians and acrobats.
This year there will be deeper creatures floating - dolphins, whales, giant calamari and fantasy fans, every banquet area, orange, lemon, and all of the elaborate citrus scented works of magnificent Mediterranean flowers.
Very small yellow lemon is prepared with admiration for artistic uses.
Every February, the little town of Menton on the French Riviera runs one of France’s most popular events: the Lemon Festival (Fête du citron). Organised by the Tourist Office towards the end of February, the event has been taken place since 1928.
Today, each festival uses 120 tonnes of citrus fruit to decorate its gigantic structures and floats.
The festival has now become the second largest event on the French Riviera, after the Carnival of Nice and before the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Monte Carlo. It is held around the same time as the carnival of Nice. Each year, the festival is organised on a given theme: Disney, Music of the World, Spain, etc.
In 2013, the 80th edition of the Lemon Festival was “Around the world in 80 days: Menton, the secret port of call”.
In 2014, the 81st edition of the festival took place from the 15th February to the 5th March and was themed on a novel from Jules Verne: 20,000 leagues under the sea.
In 2015, the 82nd edition was dedicated to ‘the tribulation of a lemon in China’.
In the 2016, the 83rd edition paid tribute to Cinecittà, the Italian cinema of the 50s and 60s.
In the 2017, the 84th edition is back from the 11th February to the 1st March and is dedicated to Broadway and musical comedies.