- When I was in Menton in 2011, I was told there’s a citrus festival and parade during Mardi Gras in mid February. Menton has the perfect microclimate to grow lemons and oranges and their lemons are famous throughout France. The city is decorated with citrus sculptures and there are parades and festivities for three weeks.
I’ve seen photos of the extravagant fruit sculptures from past years and always wanted to attend. I was able to register for press passes for myself and my friend who I was visiting in Nice. It’s an easy 35-minute train ride from Nice to Menton and we attended the festivities Thursday night and Sunday afternoon.
The theme of the 84th Fete du Citron is Broadway, which is fitting since my friend and I love Broadway musicals. In town is the Jardin Bioves, a stationary display of citrus sculptures. We entered the garden and marveled at the massive and delightfully creative sculptures of our favorite musicals outfitted in oranges and lemon including Cabaret, The Lion King, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins, An American in Paris, Phantom of the Opera, The Wizard of Oz and Note Dame of Paris.
We grabbed a quick lunch and headed for the Sunday parade at 2:30. We had access to the press tower and had unobstructed views from high up. The bleachers and streets were packed but orderly with parents and tots waiting for the fun to begin. Half parade, half carnival, there were incredible floats from musicals including Little Shop of Horrors, Grease, Cats, My Fair Lady and Annie plus dancers and performers dressed in Brazilian Carnivale style outfits with flamboyant feathers. A small group of men and women wore traditional Venetian carnival costumes in royal blue and gold.
The Fete du Citron is quite an undertaking. Here are some facts and figures to put it into perspective.
- Over 240,000 people attend the festival in a three-week period
- 145 tons of citrus are used
- 500,000 rubber bands attach the fruit the displays
- 15 tons of metal is used to create the infrastructures
- Hundreds of meters of metal netting is used to hold displays
Want to join me next year?
- Sorry I haven't reported any recent news about Vincent's film After Louie, as Vincent just completed the editing and post production the first week of February.
Now I have some exciting news: After Louie will have it's world premiere screening at the BFI(British Film Institute) Flare Film Festival.
There will be a special presentation screening on Friday night, March 17 @ 6:15PM, and a daytime screenings on Saturday, March 18 @ 11:50AM & Sunday, March 19. Tickets went on sale yesterday but they sold out within hours.
Here's link with full details https://whatson.bfi.org.uk/flare/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=afterlouie
More exciting news about After Louie coming soon!
Above photo is of Alan Cumming in After Louie.
The Wizard of Oz
Phantom of the Opera
Singin' in the Rain
Notre dame de Paris
The Lion King
An American in Paris
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