Mardi Gras Carnival Art / February 22, 2019 / Cindy Navarro
The parade continues from one end of the village to the other with most of the village inhabitants either looking from their windows or standing on the pavements and cheering on the flambeaux carriers. The whole thing reaches it s climax after about 45 minutes when the torches are thrown off the bridge and into the River Earn with the idea that with them all the village demons then float away and arrive at the next village. Across the Atlantic Ocean all the way to New Orleans at the Mardi Gras parade the highlight for many is also the Flambeaux Procession.
Behind the band come six "strong men" from the village often the tradition of carrying the torch or flambeaux is passed from father to son as the elder gets on in years. They sometimes have a helper walking beside them just in case. It s a hard and difficult job. The torches are similar in length to a caber and have been soaked for many months to ensure they stay alight. The flambeaux are then followed by many floats in which the local inhabitants deck both the float and themselves out in a variety of colours and costumes. Many are topical political statements. The more whisky that s handed around the waiting crowd the funnier they seem.
Get some really rich food items like fresh cream based puddings sweets with lots of nuts and meat and so on. Drinks are a definite requirement to lift the spirits and mood of the people coming in. Be sure to load the party with sufficient snacks cold drinks and beer for the boozing type. In such a fun filled carnival one should also arrange for a band or a DJ who can pump in the music on the dance floor. Food supplies can be ordered from catering services as this would be hassle free and cut down on the preparation time required in preparing such an elaborate food menu.