What to expect on the first day of the tribute to Prince Rainier III in Monaco
The first highlight on the Rock - 31 May - will open this year of commemoration of the centenary of the birth of Prince Rainier III with a major public celebration.
After months of preparation, the year commemorating the centenary of the birth of Prince Rainier III is about to begin on 31 May. This is the day of the birth of the man who was sovereign of Monaco from 1949 to 2005. It is on this symbolic date that Princess Stéphanie, who chairs the commemoration committee, wanted to begin this year of homage to her father, with some thirty events already announced that will run until January 2024.
"It is a rich year that will remind us of the good times and all the action of the prince during half a century", underlines Albert Croési who, as secretary general of the committee, is in charge of the organisation of the major events of this celebration.
Starting with the one on 31 May. On that day, from 2.30 pm, the whole of Monaco town will be reserved for Monegasques and residents of the Principality for a day of entertainment and shows in the streets and squares of the Rock. A sort of great popular family celebration.
"All the streets will be animated with shows. We will set up stages in front of the Museum, in front of the Town Hall, Place Saint-Nicolas, Place du Palais, it will be a great day", promises Albert Croési who has planned 350 artists for this festival: dancers, actors, musicians, magicians... but also the artists who bring Monegasque folklore to life, the Palladienne and the Cantin d'A Roca in particular.
The cast is diverse: from the crazy clowns to the little singers, including gymnasts, jazzmen, variety singers and even the artist Mister OneTeas.