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On Sunday one of the cafés hosts a lunch of moules-frites and in the afternoon there is a spectacular. One year it was a stunt motorcyclist, another it was a man with various contraptions to pedal and sometimes it’s a singer or cabaret in the salle des fêtes. During the week there is a fancy dress parade for the children, various games and the staff from the cafés have a race in fancy dress.
On 13 July there is the firework display. It starts with a torchlit procession at 10.30pm. We are led by the town band to the sports ground where the display takes place. It starts at 11.30pm and is magnificent with a musical accompaniment. The whole village turns out including toddlers in pushchairs and it lasts a good half-hour thereby finishing on 14 July. We all make our way back to the Grand Place and the salles des fêtes where the bal populaire takes place until the early hours.
On the morning of 14 July the town band is out in the Grande Place playing the Marseillaise among other things. You need stamina to get through the week!
There is no need to apologise to your students, Dave. The celebrations happen. You just didn’t find the right village! Brenda Cook Croisilles, Pas-de-Calais sought to defend tradition – the monarchy, aristocracy, the Roman Catholic Church and local clergy – against the changes driven by the Revolution. These disturbances were quelled savagely by troops sent from Paris... So maybe that is why 14 July 1789 is not given the same joyful significance in Brittany as elsewhere in France? Paul Baker Hove, East Sussex
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