Audrey : Called ..... ..... CarnAvallon!
Lillian : The main events were on the Sunday afternoon (it was the week before Easter) when everyone converged on Place Vauban, Avallon's central square.
Audrey : And they had a Confetti War! The children were having a lovely time throwing confetti everywhere - it was great fun.
Lillian : There was a hint of traditional Carnival topsy-turvy-dom about the Confetti War. Carnival being the one time a year when a society's rules of polite behaviour were abandoned with class & hierarchy turned up-side down - briefly. Mostly it was the children throwing the confetti and they were taking great delight in showering confetti on the adults - their parents, the obvious tourists, the policeman ... and everyone was taking being confetti'ed in great good humour.
Audrey : Everyone and their dogs ended up with confetti everywhere !
Lillian : Then there was the parade - which started with even more confetti!
Lillian : The local folkloric group Le R'Gipiau wearing traditional costumes, some playing small accordians ...
then they danced -
Lillian : There were floats ... my favourite was this wonderful kingfisher. Probably a Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis, which is found in France.
Audrey : And there were lots of people wearing costumes - the Sun(flower) King
|I doubt they had foil balloons of motor-cyclists in the 18thC.|
Audrey : Some fairy-tale people
and performers from the Circus - he was very bwave wasn't he Lillian?
Audrey : Perhaps he wanted to come down and join in all the fun - who was Vauban?Lillian : Marquis de Vauban was born near Avallon - he was a military engineer in the time of Louis XIV.
Audrey : This little girl gave our stylist an idea ...
Audrey : In Australia we call it Fairy Floss, in America it is Cotton Candy but the French call it barbe à papa.
Which translates literally as
Father's Beard tee hee
Lillian : The aftermath of the Confetti War ... it was Everywhere!