Lemon festival, Menton, Côte d’Azur, France

The Lemon Festival is a traditional festive event organized by the tourist office, which takes place every year at the end of winter in the city of Menton. City known to be a major European producer of lemon since the mid-fifteenth century. It was still the largest producer of lemon on the continent when in 1928, a hotelier had the idea to organize a private exhibition of citrus and flowers in the gardens of the Riviera hotel with such success that the following year, the municipality adopted it. This festival is interspersed with carnival, carts of shrubs with oranges and lemons parade with the charming women of the city. In 1934, the theme of the carnival was citrus fruit, and so the term “Lemon Festival” was born. Citrus fruits are set in structured wire garlands. More than a hundred people are involved in the preparation for two weeks. At the end of the event, the fruits, of which 90% are in good condition, are sold at low prices. The only years the event did not occur were during the wars. The parade of citrus floats is mixed with confetti, fanfares, dancers and folk groups on the Promenade du Soleil. Each year, a different theme is chosen. It is considered the second most important event of the Côte d’Azur after the carnival of Nice.

Tips

It is advisable to make the reservation for your stay sufficiently in advance.

The whole city is in celebration and if you want to enjoy it, there are restaurants and bars on the Promenade du Soleil, where you can book your seat and enjoy the parade while drinking something.

You can see the parades of groups and other street performers who will parade around the citrus cars.

Do not miss the evening because with the lights, you will be doubly surprised.
 

 

Carnival of Guadeloupe, West Indies

One of the most important festivals in the West Indies is the carnival of Guadeloupe which takes place for about two weeks and can go up to 4 weeks; but the most important days go from Fat Sunday to the day after Fat Tuesday, or Ash Wednesday. With European origins, this festival has taken place more and more in the West Indian culture and has settled. During this period, there are several events that take place like singing and dancing competitions, costume parades and of course the election of the queen. The most important events take place in Basse-Terre where the public accompanies the musicians, dancers and participants costumed through the streets of the city with the rhythm of the drums. The iconic Carnival character, King Vaval (abreviation of Carnival in Creole), is cremated on Ash Wednesday, ending the festivity and the crowd dresses in black and white for the occasion.

Tips

If you visit Basse-Terre during a ship stop before the carnival, you can usually see some participants who practice for carnival parade during the day in the city center (especially on weekends). This is a good opportunity to know a little about this festivity.

Two or three weeks before the big festivity, you can also attend group parades on Sunday from 17:00.

Festival des Neiges of Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Fête des Neiges de Montréal is an event that takes place every year over several weekends. This time, it will be done at Espace 67, the new field for events at Parc Jean Drapeau, from January, 18th to February, 9th. There are a lot of winter activities there: slides, dog sleds, skating, ice sculptures and shows, among others. There is a gourmet space with several restaurateurs but you can also bring your lunch and have it at the chalet in the space reserved for that.

Tips

The best way to get there is by metro and get off at Jean-Drapeau station. If you prefer to go by car, you have to pay for the parking.
Purchasing your pass will give you unlimited access for the duration of the event. Children 2 and under do not pay and there is the possibility of buying a little bit cheaper family package for 4 people (2 adults-2 children).
You can bring your skates, your utility sledge or your snowshoes or simply rent them on site.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.