Day 15 at Poetic Bloomings suggests that we “Pick a traditional event and place yourself into the fray. Or make up an event and be as outlandish as you want. Limber up, give your best effort and go for the gold.” Well, you can’t get much more traditional than our biennial village carnival for the Fête de Saint Pierre, on the nearest Sunday to quatorze juillet (Bastille Day)
In January we decide the theme;
each element is given to a team
then starts the head-scratching
when fantasy designs are hatching
for four fantastic floats.
the hard work begins
to adorn our chateau with princess and prince.
Through winter cold
twists of bright crèpe paper are rolled
and glued onto painted board
all working in supreme accord.
The nights shorten, panic grows
as fête approaches. Will our chateau
be ready? Will weather be kind?
Sunday dawns dark and wet
the hour approaches, gloomy, yet
at the sound of music the sky clears
as it always has in earlier years
and with a drumroll the parade begins.
Our float lit up for the torchlight retreat
There were lots of pix of preparations on my 6-word-Saturday