Who doesn’t love a parade? Well, to be honest, I don’t particularly. Most of the time, I find them a touch corny, and somewhat boring. But when the participants are as enthusiastic as the people of the Greater Daglan Area (the GDA), you simply have to get behind the event. And so I happily award the silver medal for this year’s Fête de Daglan to: The Parade.
The 2012 parade was held on Sunday, the penultimate day in the four-day extravaganza, in blistering heat. Each year, the Fête parade has a theme (last year’s was the Liberation of France, which by the way was accomplished solely by the French and Americans, with no involvement at all by British, Canadian, Australian or any other forces). This year the theme was Heroes of Mythology. Would the parade prove as historically accurate as last year’s version?
You’re probably imagining a series of floats featuring Greek and Roman gods, right? Well, that was somewhat true — but there were some occasional twists. And of course, the August heat, the imaginative theme, and a good amount of beer made for some offbeat performances, most notably by the GDA men who truly seem to love dressing up as women.
Where to begin? Well, obviously with perhaps the most famous mythological figure of all — Al Capone. Here’s his car, right near the front of the parade:
It turned out that the parade included only this one example of Chicago “mythology,” and most of the entries did feature more-or-less mythological heroes from Greece, Rome and France. Here are some heroic gladiators, for instance, near the front of the parade:
It was inevitable that Jason and the Argonauts would be in attendance, riding their boat the Argo and — sure enough — here they are:
The fête parade typically includes a fair amount of dancing and music, and this year’s edition was no exception. Here’s a group of dancers in what appeared to be Roman togas, dancing to a loud brass band:
As noted earlier (see Capone, Al), not all the figures in our parade were actually the stuff of myth. For example, there really was a French King Louis (Louis XVIII) who was exiled and then returned to the throne. I suppose that is the reference for this entry in the parade, although the boat simply says “Roi Louis” and omits the “XVIII” part:
Earlier, we saw examples of gladiators. Now we come to a pretty stern-looking contingent of Roman soldiers. It wasn’t clear to me who was being protected, but (naturally) there was a young lad on top of their vehicle, squirting water at the audience. Here they are:
The remaining photos in this post will show what I thought were probably the best three floats in the parade. First off, here’s Poseidon, god of the sea:
Next we have Mark Antony and Cleopatra:
Finally, here’s my personal favourite — a very well-defended Trojan Horse:
So there’s your taste of this year’s Fête de Daglan parade. And just think — you didn’t have to wait an hour and a quarter in the hot sun for the parade to begin! (Last year the parade was just an hour late getting started, which is pretty quick by Daglan standards. An hour and a quarter is more like normal.) As well, you haven’t been sprayed with water guns and showered with shiny confetti. On the other hand, you missed the chance to be a part of Daglan history. Or mythology.
In my next posting, I’ll unveil the gold medal winner for this year’s fête, as awarded by the completely unbiased panel of judges at Radio Free Daglan. Stay tuned.