Several days ago, the banners began going up. They were installed in just about every corner of Daglan, on just about all the street lamps and other available poles. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, when our village is taken over by the annual four-day fête.
For those of us who live near the main village square, the Daglan fête is also known as the Festival of Heat and Noise. It takes place near the end of August (which accounts for the heat) and it includes a number of rides that blast music from loud speakers until well past midnight (which accounts for the noise). Most dreaded of all is the bumper-car ride, which was just being installed in the square as I drove past it this afternoon.
This year, the festival starts on Friday (August 21) and runs until Monday evening. Phew.
In fairness, there’s one aspect of the festival that my wife Jan and I like — the Sunday afternoon parade. It always has a theme (last year, it was Carnaval), and it’s the theme that’s featured on the banners that are hanging all over the village.
Here’s how I described the parade last August:
It’s a pretty wacky, homemade sort of affair, and everyone who takes part seems to enjoy the fun. The crowds along the way join in, usually accepting with good grace the water that’s sprayed on them and the confetti that’s tossed everywhere.
Here’s a banner for the year 1985, when the theme of the parade was the god of wine:
And here’s the banner for 2012, when the parade theme was heros — such as those from Greek and Roman mythology:
As for this Sunday’s parade, the chosen theme is the history of the automobile. Jan and I plan to be on hand, and once again will offer a selection of photos in Radio Free Daglan. If we haven’t succumbed to the heat and noise by then.