The 85th Fete du Citron (Lemon Festival) adopted an Indian theme in 2018, and Shree Muktajeevan Swamibapa Pipe Band was invited as one of the leading acts of the festival. The Band played at several venues and events including:
The Band wowed the crowds throughout the three days (17th -19th February) that they performed, although the Festival itself ran from 17th February to 4th March 2018. Its unique blend of Scottish regalia and Indian faces and melodies was truly one of the highlights of the Festival.
Since its start in 1933 as a fruit show, this Festival on the French Riviera has grown into an internationally renowned event, drawing around a quarter of a million visitors. Legend has it that the lemon tree first took root in Menton. According to the story, Menton grew from a pip, to become the prime lemon-growing region in Europe. An exhibition of flowers and citrus fruit first started in the early 20th century, and was so successful that the event soon took over Menton’s winding streets.
This year, a total of 145 tonnes of citrus fruit were used to create an array of floats and installations that in total took 20,000 hours of work – all enjoyed by 240,000 visitors.