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The quality, originality and rarity of one of Mazan’s subjects of pride, its Carri, make it particularly precious. When it takes place, it’s a must for all those who dwell or stay in the surroundings to attend it. The Carri was first a yearly day of protest that took place from 1725 to 1789, mocking the village lords in a comical demonstration. After the French Revolution, the day of claiming has become a historical and folk festival, and took place only in 1890, 1898, 1927, 1928, 1948, 1949, 1980, 1981, 2000 and 2010. Next Carri is not yet scheduled. Rather see my source HERE (in French), for much more details.
Sylvie has put up her stall about spinning and weaving (see THERE) against the north wall of the church. On the next photo, Mazan’s Mayor presides over the festival opening.
Those taking part form a procession soon ready to head to ‘Rouret wood’, located three km north-west in the countryside. The “lord’s” cart is drawn by a score of single-file harnessed horses .
Other ‘dignitaries’ are following.
After the mass in Provençal and the feast in the woods, the procession comes back to the village in the afternoon…
… and turns twice around the village. Claims are expressed loudly, more or less seriously, about varied subjects from the so-called ‘retirement reform’ in France, to demands for the cicadas to keep quiet during the afternoon nap.
At night, a ball in 18th century costumes ends this unforgettable day, not without a touch of enchantment. Thanks to all the participants, and try not to miss the next issue of our Carri!
All my photos about the 2010 Carri at Mazan are HERE Huberaime