Most villages have a patronal festival and ours was held this weekend. It seems to be aimed at entertaining the younger inhabitants so we didn’t venture round the amusements until the morning after, when everything was closed and it was quiet.
The dodgems were still, the stalls were shut up and the music was silenced. The only sign that there had been refreshments was the rubbish left behind – paper and empty bottles strewn carelessly on the grass waiting for the team of workers to clear it up.
It’s a shame that people can’t dispose of their waste tidily but, fortunately the clean-up is swift and all is back to normal already.
We get the impression that our fete is quite a low-key affair with the main event being a (nearly) all-night disco ,but in other villages they have parades with everyone dressed up, floats and the local band playing ‘live’ music.
In one village we know they have a four day celebration with a roundabout, funfair type stalls and competitions. The last time we were there they had employed a well-known professional entertainer to amuse the crowds and there were performances by local singers and musicians on the stage put up in the square.
The French certanly know how to enjoy themselves. I suppose the nearest equivalent in England would be a ‘street party’ but how often do they happen?
I bought tickets for the Tombola run by the Club de Jeunesse and won a bottle of champagne!