Our parade: a closer look

In yesterday’s post, I introduced you to the parade that takes place on a Sunday in August and is the highlight of Daglan’s annual summer festival. In that post, I served up just two photographs from the Disney-themed parade. Today I’ll fill out my review and provide a closer look at some of the fun and frivolities that went on.

You may remember that two things struck me about this year’s parade (over and above the usual nuttiness). One was “the preponderance of Dalmatian dogs,” obviously referring to the film “101 Dalmatians.” The other was “the incredible interaction between the spectators (residents of Daglan and visitors alike) and the people or characters in the parade itself.”

So let’s kick this off with a concentrated look at more Dalmatians — this time, three family members who live near the centre of the village, and normally dress, well, quite normally:

This family really got into the spirit of “101 Dalmatians.”

Next comes the float representing Peter Pan, with Peter himself and Tinker Bell on top, and Captain Hook sitting within the ship:

That’s Peter Pan at the top left, and Captain Hook inside the ship, wearing red.

The Aladdin float was one of the more complicated creations, with an assortment of characters and lots of decoration. Here’s a look:

There was quite a crowd on the Aladdin float.

Mr. Potato Head was featured in the film “Toy Story,” and so our parade featured him as well. Here he is at the table next to us, having a good visit with the couple sitting there:

Mr. Potato Head, from the film “Toy Story,” gets up close and personal with the spectators.

Another float with lots of characters along for the ride was this tribute to the animated film “Vaina,” known in some markets as “Moana:”

Another crowded float, representing the movie “Vaina,” also known as “Moana.”

Mickey and Minnie Mouse were, of course, a couple of the best known characters in the parade, and they were particularly good at greeting the spectators and even giving hugs. Here is Minnie making a little girl happy:

Minnie Mouse hugs a little girl.

Of course Micky and Minnie are a couple, and they weren’t afraid of showing their feelings for each other at the parade:

Minnie and Mickey Mouse getting all friendly with each other.

Not that Micky avoided some good looking women among the spectators, like my wife Jan, shown here getting a big hug:

Mickey leaves Minnie long enough to give a hug to Jan.

Showing just how huggable she is, here’s Jan getting a visit from a neighbour of ours, who was portraying Jessica Rabbit, the sexy singer and wife of Roger Rabbit in the hybrid feature film “Who Framed Roger Rabbit:”

She famously said: “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” (Jessica said that. Not Jan.)

So that winds up coverage of the 2022 festival parade. After the silence and inactivity brought on by the Covid pandemic, the parade was a real treat, and a good example of how much fun can be had in a small French village.

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4 Responses to Our parade: a closer look

  1. Uwe says:

    Thanks for bringing the fun to our part of our world. Well appreciated as always. Uwe.

  2. Alix Horner says:

    WHAT FUN!! Lovely to see you Jan sporting your spotty outfit to fit in with the Dalmation theme or just per chance?! Looks like the weather was favorable too for the festivities Alix

  3. Pam Cummings says:

    Sorry we missed it but it looked great. What a lot of work went into it

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