Carnaval Vénitien d’Annecy 2009

Annecy is the Venice of France, so we have our own version of the Venetian Carnival.

The Carnaval Vénitien is currently taking place in Annecy. David & I went downtown to see the parade this afternoon, but then quickly remembered what “parade” means in Annecy. The Masques walk very, very slowly through the old town, stopping every 5 seconds so that people can take pictures.

Except the pedestrian roads in the old town are so narrow and crowded that unless you are one of the old, selfish people at the front of the line who’s knocked down little kids to get there (seriously, old people here are vicious), you see absolutely nothing. And there are no barriers or fences to keep people out of the parade, so random people like to walk in front of or behind the Masques to get better pictures, which of course ruins the pictures for everyone else.

The Carnaval is put on by the Association Rencontres Italie Annecy and you can check their site to see photo albums of previous years as well as buy post cards. (I only took a few crappy pictures before we got fed up and decided to go eat some crêpes in a restaurant far away from the parade.) The Masques will be back out strolling around the streets of the vieille ville tomorrow morning starting at 11am if anyone in Annecy really wants to see them in person.

The costumes are gorgeous (and many are made by the lycée pro students here in Annecy), but I have to admit, the masks still freak me out a bit.

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  • http://www.correresmidestino.com/ Zhu

    People wear waaay more clothes than in Rio for Carnival ;-)

    I agree, the costums are just gorgeous!

    Zhus last blog post..Cachoeira Do Tobogã

  • http://www.correresmidestino.com Zhu

    People wear waaay more clothes than in Rio for Carnival ;-)

    I agree, the costums are just gorgeous!

    Zhus last blog post..Cachoeira Do Tobogã

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com/ Linda

    I didn’t know Annecy did that. I once went to a Chinese New Year Parade in Paris and there were so many people and it was so crowded that it was scary so I left without seeing a thing. I did learn to come early and to go where the parade people are waiting to start. It seemed easier that way.

    Lindas last blog post..A Taste of India

  • http://www.lindamathieu.com Linda

    I didn’t know Annecy did that. I once went to a Chinese New Year Parade in Paris and there were so many people and it was so crowded that it was scary so I left without seeing a thing. I did learn to come early and to go where the parade people are waiting to start. It seemed easier that way.

    Lindas last blog post..A Taste of India

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com/ Andrea

    We were in Annecy this weekend for a short break and saw the parade! You’re right, the costumes were really amazing, especially when we were able to get really close to them and see the stitching, etc.

    Do you know if there is any particular history behind this carnival, or is it something they started doing more recently?

    Andreas last blog post..The Eiffel & The Falafel

  • http://www.edgeoftheforest.wordpress.com Andrea

    We were in Annecy this weekend for a short break and saw the parade! You’re right, the costumes were really amazing, especially when we were able to get really close to them and see the stitching, etc.

    Do you know if there is any particular history behind this carnival, or is it something they started doing more recently?

    Andreas last blog post..The Eiffel & The Falafel

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