From lively carnival floats (corsos) to citrus exhibitions, Menton celebrates its golden fruit from the 11th to the 26th of February 2023. This 89th celebration will feature 10 floats and zesty sculptures of opera artists and rock figures along with a decked town in bright yellow to represent the lemon season.
With 140 tons of citrus, 18 tons of fruits per pattern, 8 kilometres of garlands and 400 speakers, Menton gives this celebration another touch of madness after 15 years of fame.
In 2022, the town placed the 88th celebration to its star event introducing it as Operas and Dances. Last years celebration paraded with 10 floats filled with citrus fruits, along with musicians playing their joyful instruments to the frantic rhythms of the dancers, brass bands and twirling folklore groups.
The theme of the last celebration set the Palais de l'Europe abuzz with performances.
This year, the city on the Côte d'Azur organisers have chosen the theme Rock and Opera! The 10 floats and citrus sculptures will feature opera artists and rock figures.
On the seafront, with day and night performances, visitors can marvel at their vertiginous structures, their profusion of colors and their wild dancers.
The magic of the decor, day and night
Inviting you to travel and dream while never leaving the Côte d'Azur, the Biovès gardens, the Fête du Citron, will also honour festive traditions from other places through exhibitions of citrus patterns. Discover the fascinating universe of the Día de los Muertos in Mexico, be moved by the poetic Lantern Festival in China or vibrate in front of a decor inspired by the precious Venice Carnival.
The biggest citrus festival
Menton’s golden fruit love affair began in 1928 following a flower and citrus exhibition in the gardens of the Riveira Palace Hotel. The festival was officially created in 1934, where the first parade took place the following year to help bring a new tourist era.
The cultivation of lemons has marked the city's history. Exported throughout the world in the 16th century, the yellow fruit is now recognized by a PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) and represents the sunny city.
Each year, during the lemon season in mid-february, Menton pays tribute with exhibitions of citrus patterns in the Biovès gardens, illuminated at night. Citrus floats parade day in and day out. Each celebration has a theme along with shows, concerts and street entertainment.