Tuesday, September 13, 2005
The Carrot Festival
Today we celebrated the annual 'Fête de la Carotte (Carrot Festival) in our local town, Croissy-sur-Seine. The town celebrates carrots because most of the houses around here have been built over former agricultural land. Everyone dresses up in orange, and there is a number of prizes for the best 'carrot chariots'. The theme this year was 'The Sea' which explains why these little 'carrots' are riding along in a boat. There was also an extremely tall lighthouse carried on a barrow by a bunch of scouts and guides. It was so big it hit an overhanging tree and collapsed close to the finishing line.
The parade (or 'defile' in French) ends in a small park by the Seine where everyone sits down at dozens of tables and chairs and eats a plate of steaming beef and carrots. There is live music, bouncy castles and a lot of stalls manned by local clubs and organisations. It's a way of helping new arrivals to make new friends, renew acquaintances and get involved in the community. And it's good fun too.