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February is Lemon Festival in Menton

Since its start in 1933 as a fruit show, the festival on the French Riviera has grown into an internationally renowned event, drawing about 160,000 visitors to a joyful fruity gathering every year

Until dusk, the town seems to hold its breath…It’s all very peaceful, too peaceful… In the distance, some drums show a touch of impatience, a trumpet replies… A float loaded with citrus fruit appears from nowhere, then another… Time to party! Brass bands, orchestras, folk groups, dancers and the plain mischievous add a spark of splendour to the parade worthy of the most ambitious street festivals!

Fireworks at 10.30pm*

Suddenly, the first explosions ring out and light up the night above Menton. The crackle of the sparks as they fall into the sea signals the end of this moment of extravagance.

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