Swish French riviera proud of their citrons – La fête du citron
Citrons are citrons. There is no denying that there is a certain beauty to this brightly coloured, leathery family of fruits. But I´m not sure whether I´d go as far as making citrus the focal point of three of the 52 weeks of the year, as the lovely people of the French Riviera do.
But then again, when your every day orange has been part of your diet and life for centuries, it might deserve some serious hoo-ha. Why not? So, la Fête du citron has gone from a modest festival launched in 1929 by the local Hotel Riviera in the village of Menton to celebrate the first flowering of the citrus fruits, to three weeks of full on carnivalesque celebrations.
Enormous fruity floats depicting everything from horses, dinosaurs, elephants and Buddhas parade down the Promenade du Soleil. There are even buildings made out of the fruit in the Jardins Biovès and the Gardens of Light host a spectacular sound and light show every Tuesday and Friday evening.
This sprawling citrus carnival attracts more than 200,000 people from across the world and uses nearly 150,000 tonnes of fruit.
If you are keen to visit this magnificent celebration of the simple things in life, visit the official site http://www.fete-du-citron.com/-Programme-80eme-Fete-du-Citron-R-.html.