When life gives you lemons…
We had big plans for Menton after reading the Procedimus Una details and hearing rave reviews from my friend Bruce.
After arriving in Menton on a Friday morning, we found out that Thursday night the mayor had pulled the plug on the 87th annual Fete du Citron due to coronavirus.
Streets lined with empty grandstands, huge lemon sculptures/floats sitting behind locked gates, and lost-looking tourists wandering aimlessly are the order of the day. We had rented an apartment looking directly down at the parade route in anticipation of party awesomeness, however it was not to be.
All is not lost though, most of the lemon sculptures are so huge that you can see them above the walls, and there are a few others sprinkled around the city.
Menton is also a beautiful coastal town, with Mediterranean hues and gorgeous beaches. Add in small winding back streets and the ability to sneak away from the other tourists, and it makes a great weekend getaway even without lemonade!
Thin Blue Line
I’m pretty sure that this float is racist/nationalist/whatever – I think that this is what everybody else in the world thinks when they think of Germans. While the outfit is certainly Bavarian, there’s a whole bunch of other Germans that are probably offended
Dia De Los Muertos
This float belongs at Carneval or Dia De Los Muertos festivals in Mexico!
Southern California Sunset
Welcome. Not Welcome!
Every bit of yellow is a lemon painstakingly rubber-banded into place on chicken wire frames! The time and effort to build and maintain these floats is tremendous with 5 people dedicated to removing/replacing spoiled fruit every day.