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Lemon Festival program

 Dates : From 16th february to 3th march 2019.
  Place : City of Menton.

 

86e Fête du Citron®

from 16 February to 3 March 2018

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 16 February at 11.00 am: opening of the 85th 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

 

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
  • 10 tonnes of additional fruit to replace any damaged fruit
  •  Over 750,000 elastic bands for attaching the fruit
  • Between 6 to 8 km of woven box hedge
  • 15 tonnes of steel

 


 Dates : From 16th february to 3th march 2019.
  Lieu : City of Menton.

For hygiene and security reasons, animals are not allowed either in the gardens or on procession routes or at the Palais de l’Europe.

All the Fête du Citron® events (golden fruit parades, night-time parades, exhibition of citrus patterns and the gardens of Lights) take place in secured and enclosed areas. This means you must purchase an entry pass, or be the holder of a badge, accreditation, or invitation card in order to pass through security.

Only children under 6 years are exempted from an entry pass, on the condition that they be accompanied by an adult in possession of one of the entrances afore mentioned.

During the golden fruit parades and the night-time parades, in order to improve the flow of access, entrances will be distributed along the area.

For the exhibition of citrus patterns, several entrances are located along the Biovès gardens, as well as the gardens of lights.

Systematic inspections will be carried out at each entrance through metal detectors, bag inspections and “physical pat-down”.

It is advised to arrive at least an hour before the event, and to carry only a minimum of necessary objects in your possession.

Deposits for your bags and objects are at your disposal before entering in the area. Any object purchased in the gardens or at the salon of crafts must be sealed in a bag during the purchase in order to be admitted to one of the enclosures. If not, it must be deposited.

It is prohibited to enter the enclosure with :

• Large suitcases or bags
• Disguises that could lead to confusion
• Weapons, even artificial ones
• Blunt, sharp or pointed objects
• Firecrackers or fireworks
• Glass or metal containers (unless in sealed bags)

Lemon Festival 2018 rates

Benefit from preferential rates (up to -15% by booking online !)
BOOKING ONLINE

 Adults
on the day
Adults
online
Reduced rates *
Golden Fruit Parade or Night-Time Parade (Seated tickets) reservation required .25 €
25 €10 €
Golden Fruit Parade or Night-Time Parade (Standing tickets)12 €
10 €6 €
Citrus exhibition (Exhibition of citrus patterns in Biovès Garden).12 €
10 €6 €
Gardens of Lights (Exhibition of citrus patterns with lights and animations in Biovès Garden).13 €
13 €8 €
Forfait n°1 Entrance at the golden fruit parade or night-time parade (Seated tickets) + Entrance at the exhibition of citrus patterns .32 €30 €15 €
Forfait n°2
Entrance at the golden fruit parade or night-time parade (Standing tickets - promenoir) + Entrance at the exhibition of citrus patterns ( during the day) .
20 €17 €10 €
*Reduced rates: Children aged 6 to 14 - On-site and online rates
Free admission – (Except to stands) : children under 6 years and Persons with Reduced Mobility (on presentation of a disability card with over 80% disability).

POINT OF SALE / COLLECTION TICKET OFFICE

During the Lemon Festival®, the Ville de Menton Tourist Office will be open every day, from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the days of the night parades and gardens of lights.

Menton Tourist Office – (in close proximity to the event area)
Palais de l’Europe
8 avenue Boyer
06500 Menton

INFO /RESERVATION: +00 33 (0)4 92 41 76 95

MAIN EVENTS

Exhibition of citrus patterns

From 16th february to 3th march 2019

Golden Fruit Parades

Sundays 17th, 24th february and 3th march 2019

Gardens of lights

On 16th, 22rd february and 1nd march 2019.

Night-time parades

On thursdays 21th and 28th february 2019