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Overnight: Traginers de Balsareny cercavila 2013

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I've never like big parades much, e.g., the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade, the Rose Bowl parade, Mardi Gras, or anything similar. They're too big, too loud, too impersonal, and too ostentatious. I far prefer smaller parades in smaller towns, the simple 'Fasching' parades in the Black Forest, for instance.

I was admiring the work of a photographer who had taken a picture of a small ancient waterway in the northeast of Spain when I decided to look up the village: Balsareny, near Barcelona. The wiki on the town is very sparse but I did find a video of a parade there and it fits my criteria of a 'good' one.

The title says 'Traginers de Balsareny cercavila' and I had no idea what either 'traginer' or 'cercavila' meant but the parade consisted of many wonderful old horse-drawn vehicles used for hauling. It turns out that a traginer' is the word in Catalan for a 'carrier' and a 'cercavila' is a parade.

I just realized that I did not see a single cross or other religious symbol. Hooray for the paraders!

Enjoy!

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Overnight: Carnival in Cologne, Germany

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KarnevalKoelnw398h264Cologne (in German 'Koeln' or 'Köln') - is on the Rhine River in Northern Germany. It celebrates 'Carnival' - or 'Fastnacht' - the weeks time before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday in a very different way than the southern Germans do. There are parades but there are also fancy dress parties, a feature of which, as you might guess, is much drinking, the presenting of kings and queens, and a 'Buettenredner' - a teller of jokes in 'Koelnisch' - the dialect of German spoken in and around Cologne.

Here's one of those parties:

Here's a Wiki on the Carnival in Cologne.

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Overnight: Carnival in Nice, Cote d'Azur, France

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I've been to Nice a number of times but not at Carnival time - 'carnaval' in French - and looking for a video about it, I found this. I had not realized that the parade style is much like Rio's nor that the emphasis is on flowers. The float riders throw flowers to the parade viewers, not candy, and the atmosphere is joyful but not rowdy. The 'Cote d'Azur' is on the Mediterranean. It is also known as the French Riviera

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Video- Macy's Thanksgiving day parade: Giant balloons fill the streets of New York

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