|A grotestque group in front of Reims cathedral - 2013|
The month of June arrived last weekend, and so did the sun. Incredible! Well, as always here in Reims, the month of June hosts the festival to celebrate the life of Joan of Arc, although there are several other fêtes johanniques in France at this time of year - notably in Orléans and Rouen. Reims is symbolic because it was here that the 'Virgin of Orléans' led Charles VII to be crowned in 1429.
|Many favourite gargoyle!|
|Diabolical figures on stilts.|
|A certain unsuspecting person (!!!) being followed...|
Many of these were stalking about the Medieval encampments around the cathedral on stilts and were really impressive, towering over the passers-by.
So the camels, yaks and other exotic creatures gave way to a hoard of extras from a Lord of the Rings set...
|Along the cathedral - all livened up with folk music and weird animations.|
|Early evening - Place du Forum|
|Musicians behind the cathedral.|
Well, you can't have everything, I suppose...
|Stilted minotaur - Place Royale|
There were a lot of strange individuals...
|Birdman selling whistles.|
From henchman to magician, everyone seemed unique...
Some seemed to be waiting for some form of divine intervention...
|A knight Templar|
Devoted to their duties...
Or simply relaxing afterwards...
|Pause between a fight...|
Or in family groups...
|A werewolf sitting on the fountain at the end of my street!|
These aren't strictly speaking greyhounds, but are of the breed 'galgo espagnol'. Whatever their actual race, they were so gentle and affectionate.
And what elegance! These were accompanied by the majestic birds of prey.
And everything was accompanied by the music...
As the sun finally went down, the crowds seemed to grow, concentrating around Place du Forum, which suited me fine as it's just around the corner from my flat!
In front of the cathedral were the flag-brandishing troup Castiglion de Fiorentino who managed to perform despite gale-force gusts of wind!
Finally the evening ended with a light-and-sound display on the cathedral façade, which I had intended to film, but never got around to working out the video function on the camera.
So, roll on next year!
|Lighting on the cathedral façade.|