Carnaval de La Rochelle

Carnaval de La Rochelle
Carnaval de La Rochelle

Yesterday afternoon was Carnaval de La Rochelle, so David and I headed toward the Vieux Port to check it out. We found a great spot near the beginning of the parade and I was able to position myself right at the edge of the road to get the best possible photos and, it turned out, have lots of confetti thrown at me by smiling, mischievous children. How can you not love that!

Carnaval de La Rochelle -- Confetti Girl
Carnaval de La Rochelle — Confetti Girl
Carnaval de La Rochelle -- More Confetti Girls
Carnaval de La Rochelle — More Confetti Girls — Be sure to note mom and grandma also in crazy wigs.
Carnaval de La Rochelle --  The Ubiquitous French Mariner Shirt
Carnaval de La Rochelle — The Ubiquitous French Mariner Shirt

Carnaval was also sort of beautiful. Loved the stilt-walkers:

Carnaval de La Rochelle -- On Stilts
Carnaval de La Rochelle — On Stilts
Carnaval de La Rochelle -- On Stilts
Carnaval de La Rochelle — On Stilts

This is an annual family affair — as I learned from talking with the woman in a port-side stand who served me a crêpe beurre sucre (yum) with children, parents and even grandparents dancing along to the drums and other music of the parade. This was my favorite drum group:

Drum Corps - Carnaval de La Rochelle
Drum Corps – Carnaval de La Rochelle
Drum Corps - Carnaval de La Rochelle
Drum Corps – Carnaval de La Rochelle — How fun does this look?!?

And this was my favorite couple caught on film:

Je t'aime (even in that outfit)!
Je t’aime (even in that outfit)!

A good time was had by all:

Carnaval de La Rochelle -- The Expressive French Face
Carnaval de La Rochelle — The Expressive French Face

I loved all the smiles, certainly those witnessed, but especially those shared. I really believe that’s part of what belonging — wherever you are — is all about. So join a parade if you can. Bang a drum whenever possible. But whatever you do or wherever you go, by all means smile at someone today.

Denim Drum Smile

2 thoughts on “Carnaval de La Rochelle”

  1. So glad to visit interesting sights via your camera lens with the bonus of “seeing” through your eyes as you describe the view. Thank you! I also visit the Quotes for a spiritual pick-me-up from time to time.

  2. Love carnival! I wonder if it is similar to Germany’s. This one seems less of a drunk fest and more children oriented, but definitely still looks like a ton of fun! Great photos. 🙂

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