|Actually, we had just gone out for a quiet coffee|
The small stand of tiered seating by the harbour slowly filled up. More gaggles of people in costume wandered about aimlessly. A few them even appeared to be sober. It was while we were sitting watching these mysterious events unfold that the crew dressed as characters from 'The Mask' wandered by. At was at this point that I was gifted a friendly peck on both cheeks from a handsome young man with a trim beard dressed as a NYPD lady cop, complete with 'Village People' style peaked cap, a black ra-ra skirt, fishnets and precarious heels.
|It was the bearded one on the left who gave me a friendly kiss|
|Why the carnival needed heavy security I am not sure, there was a minimal police presence.|
|Le Boeuf de Meze|
|The beef behind le Boeuf|
|Feeding the beast|
|then the mock bull fight|
|There's a hobby horse dance in English Morris I think - clearly it's a pan-European tradition.|
They were followed immediately by the May Queen and her small princesses perched majestically on a flower decked farm trailer pulled by a small tractor.
|The arrival of the Queen of thje May (by tractor)|
The arrival of these traditional characters was announced with a flourish; however, the attendant photo opportunities, interviews with local TV, introductions to civic dignitaries all seemed to be taking an inordinate time, so we wandered up the street to where the rest of the floats had queued-up.
The performances ranged from the almost co-ordinated (top-hat and tails danced to Sinatra's New York New York) to the utterly shambolic attempt at a 'Footloose' themed routine. Top prize for the most expressive had to go to our old friends in the 'Mask troupe who managed to work in some outrageously suggestive moves which would have gone down a storm in London or San Francisco's Gay Pride march.
|The 'New York, New York' routine was carried off with a bit of panache|
|What the Mask dancers lacked in co-ordination they more than made up for through theatricality|
|Blacking-up and wearing Afro wigs and grass skirts would not happen in the UK these days I don't think|
|The church was the target for this troupe|
|Not sure what this was about - the costume mixed 'French Maid & Nun' - the dance moves seemed more profane than sacred|
|This lot just had a ball being outrageously suggestive|
And in among all the grown-up fun, kids too having a great time, either doing what they were supposed to, or misbehaving a bit, just like the adults really.
|The smaller kids were content to be cute|
|some were precociously talented|
|others had fun firing party poppers at the crowd|
|The main aim of the younger teenagers seemed to involve covering each other in shaving foam|