Civilization on parade — a first look

Daglan’s four-day  Fête de la Saint Louis is not over yet — as I write this, the thumping music from the bumper-car ride up in the square has started thumping away — but it’s time to look back at what we think is the highlight of the festival, yesterday’s parade.

Alert readers will remember that the theme of the Sunday parade was les civilisations, and you can probably guess at least some of the civilizations that were represented in the parade — the Roman Empire, ancient Africa, the Vikings, and so on.

But we’ll start with Ancient Egypt, and an undertaking that was not actually a float in the parade, but the clever creation of the people at Le Thé Vert, Daglan’s tea room and café.

Le Thé Vert is directed by our friend Judith Thomason, and her concept was to decorate the café as the Oasis of Nefertiti. Naturally, a model of the Great Sphinx was called for, and it turns out that the family’s visiting friend from Chile, a talented young man named Ignacio, built it — using a mix of recycled materials, including plastic bottles. Here it is, in back of Le Thé Vert, as it was being created:

The Great Sphinx, under construction.

The Great Sphinx, under construction.

And here’s how it looked on Sunday, at the front of the tea room, along with models of the famous pyramids of Egypt:

The Sphinx, with pyramids, all set to greet visitors.

The Sphinx, with pyramids, all set to greet visitors.

And this is how the front of the tea room looked from the street, as guests were being served by costumed staff members — including Judith’s son David, shown smiling at the camera:

Those ancient Egyptians really had style.

Those ancient Egyptians really had style.

And to give full credit to the designer and maker of the sphinx, here’s Ignacio, also showing off that complete  Egyptian look:

Flash-back to the ancient culture of Egypt.

Flash-back to the ancient culture of Egypt.

Another server at the tea room who got completely into the spirit of the occasion was one of our neighbours, Heidi. Here she is:

Showing off that complete Ancient Egypt look.

Showing off that complete Ancient Egypt look.

Finally, here’s a look at the person behind the whole concept — Nefertiti herself! Of course I mean Judith, on the left, with another of her loyal staff members, Julie:

Nefertiti herself, rightly pleased with the whole affair.

Nefertiti herself, rightly pleased with the whole affair.

Tomorrow I’ll start providing a look at the sometimes clever, sometimes wacky entries in the parade itself. But for now, let’s give some Radio Free Daglan applause to the people of Le Thé Vert, who certainly demonstrate what community spirit is all about.

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