French festival

The 85th edition of Menton, France’s “Fete du Citron” or “Lemon Festival,” will feature Bollywood-themed floats, dances, music, as well as a Holi party. ( photo)

MENTON, France — The finishing touches to huge sculptures crafted out of citrus fruits were being made Feb. 16 as the southern French Riviera town of Menton, readied itself for the 85th edition of its “Fete du Citron” or “Lemon Festival.”

Visitors to the Bollywood-themed festival, which starts Feb. 17, would be greeted by several parades featuring floats, dancing and music as well as a “Holi Party” in a nod to India’s popular festival of colors, Efe news agency reported.

About 240,000 visitors will descend upon Menton, for the event that requires 145 tonnes of citrus fruits to produce, according to the organizers.

Images showed workers positioning oranges on the ground as they decorated an area around an elephant sculpture.

Due to the length of the event, which lasts 20 days, and inevitable decay of the fruits on display, 12 designated individuals would be tasked with replacing any deteriorating oranges and lemons, the organizers said.

The festival will end March 4.

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