Mimosa Festival in Mandelieu: A Feast for the Senses

La Fête du Mimosa (The Mimosa Festival), held this year (2024) from 14-18 February in the seaside town of Mandelieu-la-Napoule just outside Cannes, pays tribute to the fragrant and dazzling mimosa flowers that blanket the region’s hillsides each winter.

With its radiant blooms, lively parades, and cultural festivities, the Mimosa Festival has become a beloved tradition, drawing people from far and wide to revel in the beauty and warmth of the French Riviera.

The Mimosa Festival celebrates the peak of the mimosa season when the flowers are in full bloom, creating a stunning visual spectacle. This year the Mimosa Festival’s theme will be sport, a homage to the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris.

At the heart of the Mimosa Festival are the grand parades that wind their way through the town’s streets. Elaborately decorated floats adorned with mimosa flowers and other colourful decorations glide through the avenues, accompanied by lively music and dance performances. Local communities, organizations, and schools participate, contributing to the festive atmosphere with their creativity and enthusiasm.

Mimosa Festival Mandelieu Riviera
Photo: Mandelieu-Tourisme/presse dossier

A highlight of the Mimosa Festival is the crowning of the Mimosa Queen, a symbolic figure chosen to represent the beauty and vitality of the mimosa flowers. The queen, adorned in a gown inspired by the mimosa blossoms, leads the parades and adds a touch of regal elegance to the festivities. Additionally, the Flower Battles, a unique tradition of the festival, involve participants tossing mimosa flowers at each other in a friendly and joyous manner, creating a mesmerizing spectacle of fluttering golden petals.

Beyond the lively parades, visitors can explore exhibitions, craft markets, and workshops showcasing local talent and craftsmanship. The festival provides an opportunity to savour regional cuisine, including dishes featuring the delicate flavor of mimosa, and to engage with the rich cultural heritage of the French Riviera.

Mimosa Festival Mandelieu Riviera
Photo: Mandelieu-Tourisme/presse dossier

In recent years, the Mimosa Festival has also embraced environmental initiatives, emphasizing the importance of preserving the natural beauty that the mimosa represents. Efforts are made to promote sustainable practices, and educational programs are organized to raise awareness about the ecological significance of the mimosa ecosystem

From the dazzling parades to the cultural events and environmental awareness initiatives, the Mimosa Festival serves as a vibrant tapestry that weaves together tradition, art, and nature. For locals and tourists alike, the Mimosa Festival is not just an event, it’s a celebration of life on the radiant shores of the French Riviera.

Isabelle Bryan
Isabelle Bryan
Isabelle is a co-founder and editor of Riviera Traveller. She has lived in France, the UK and Australia and is equally at ease writing in English and French. She has been coming to the South of France since she was a child and now lives here with her young daughter. She has been published in ELLE, Premiere Movie Magazine, the Melbourne Age, the Australian Financial Review magazine and the Herald Sun. Isabelle loves swimming in the turquoise waters off the Iles de Lerins or strolling around the outdoor sculptures at Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence.

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