On Saturday we went to one of the villages up in the Jura, Genolier, for their Carnaval to celebrate the end of winter.
Mark was mainly interested in going due to the fact there was going to be a burning of the Winter Man (I think he had visions of it being similar to the Wicker Man, those of you that have seen the film will be pleased to know that it wasn’t!).
There was a marching brass band…
a parade from local nurseries…
And the burning of the Winter Man (papermache icicle type thing).
And at that point we left because the program said their would be a talk from a local politician, which we didn’t think we’d understand.
There were a couple of things I really liked about this carnaval. The first was that most of the children who weren’t in the parade came dressed up in fancy dress anyway. I’m not sure if this is a tradition here but I think it’s a lovely way for everyone to participate in the celebrations.
The second, and this would never happen in England, is that there didn’t seem to be any opportunity to spend money! There were no rides/games/hot dog vans/candy floss sellers etc. How brilliant is that! (Although I wouldn’t have said no to a vin chaud if I’m honest).