Evolène Carnival 2020

You could never accuse the Swiss of not knowing how to throw a good party.  Today was the last Sunday of the annual winter Carnival in the village, which starts every year on 6th January.  (So that’s at least 7 weeks of celebration!)  Today, the programme promised music and a procession of the main characters, namely the Peluches (who wear masks and sheepskins) and the Empaillés (who also wear masks and a rather large sacking ‘suit’ stuffed with straw).  In addition several people attend wearing fancy dress and there’s a huge amount of confetti, either thrown, usually by the children, or cannoned out from the top of a bus… (See pic 18).

4 thoughts on “Evolène Carnival 2020

    • You’re welcome Anita. It is slightly bizarre (given the sheepskins and straw stuffing) but it’s a tradition that goes back years. I didn’t mention the Empaillé, which is similarly stuffed with straw and is hunted down (tomorrow I think) and then burnt to end the celebrations. (Nobody gets hurt of course!) I think it formally ends the winter.

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