Friday, January 13, 2006

Photo Friday - success

I wasn't sure what photos i had that would show success, until I remembered some flag throwers from the Bataille des Fleurs during the summer.

Flag throwing/ flag flourishing/ flag tossing is thought to be a hold over from mediaeval guild processions and also the parading of military banners in war and peacetime ceremony.

Its quite amazing to watch the flags being waved, twirled, and manipulated whilst the drummers drum out the rythmn - and the highlight is when the flags are thrown into the air and caught again.

Occasionally someone misses, but most of the time the flag sails up high and is caught with apparent ease.

I expect its really tiring to wander around in a procession for miles, dressed in mediaeval costume whilst throwing and waving heavy-looking flags, but its impressive nonetheless.

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