Today we complete our coverage of Sunday’s parade through the village, a key part of Daglan’s four-day annual festival. You’ll remember that the theme of this year’s parade was la libération of France during World War II, and that the “floats” were mostly military.
For example, there was this version of a Spitfire, named the Widow Maker:
Behind that came this tank:
One of the most impressive pieces of equipment was this replica of an anti-aircraft gun. (On second thought, maybe it’s not a replica. It looks pretty real, doesn’t it?) It’s shown against the backdrop of the main village square:
Unfortunately, casualties are a part of war. Here we find the guy I’ve called The French Patient, attended by three good-humoured nurses — one of whom was armed with a heavy-duty water gun. You can’t be too careful.
And if you recall the historic film footage from the end of World War II, you’ll remember the women walking through the streets of France’s cities, deliriously happy and waving flags. For our parade, one of the women decked out in fine 1940s fashion was our Mayor. That’s Madame Le Maire on the left of the photo, wearing the dark hat.
Just after taking the photo, I ran out into the street and asked her why there were no Canadian flags in the parade, and got a fairly puzzled response. I forgot to ask why Britain’s participation in la libération was overlooked too.
Again, we did enjoy the parade — and are immensely impressed that so much effort and creativity goes into this annual event. Equally, we are immensely pleased that as of this evening, there is no more boom-boom-boom from the bumper car ride. All the rides, the stalls, the sound equipment and the snack bars are gone, for another year.