Fête de La Saint-Louis – Daglan

Preparation have been under way for days and weeks so the stage was set for the biggest event of the year, The annual Fête de La Saint-Louis held last weekend.

The bumper cars had somehow wrapped themselves around the fountain, it amazes me how such a huge arena can fit in the Square de La Liberty. The loud-speakers were raised into place but silence reigned over the village.

My eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light.
That split the night
And touched the Sound of Silence.
And in the naked light I saw.
Ten thousand people, maybe more.

  • Simon and Garfunkel.
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    Then the noise started, the bumpers cars on their own are fine, However, when the music starts the whole of the house shakes to the rhythm of the loud thumping bass. Only once a year over four nights without sleep. We can do this.

    My moan about the bumper cars is over… The highlight of the weekend is always the carnival through the streets of Daglan which takes place on the Sunday.

    This years theme was historic inventions,

    The first float was the most important invention, a still.
     

    The invention of plastic.
     

    A brilliant air-plane (RAF).

    The amount of work that goes into creating the floats each year is amazing.

    People danced and sang along along with the band.
     

    The invention of the steam paddle boat, complete with life saving equipment and bottles of, well not sure but the passengers loved it.
     

    Laurel and Hardy (left of the picture) can be seen running to catch the train. The awesome train had first and third class compartments. First class with comfy chairs, candelabra, champagne etc. Third class I am afraid had only wooden seats. all very true of the time period.
     

    People in costumes who rode or walked beside the train.
     


    I was so pleased to see two of the nurses that have helped my recovery. I cannot thank you enough, you are brilliant.
     
     

    Events:-

    29th August.
    Musketeers of Roy. The son of the Lord of Caumont is looking for musketeers to present to the King, (Children only). Who will dress in musketeer costumes and discover fencing in complete safety. The workshop lasts about thirty minutes. Castelnaud-la-Chapelle

    7th and 8th September
    20th Dordogne-Perigord Canoe/Kayak Marathon from Saint Julien de Lampon to Castelnaud-la-Chapelle.
     
     

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    Food Food Glorious Food.

    The Fête de la Gastronomie was a great success. The rain clouds had rolled away and the sun was shining brightly on the vast number of people who attended the event in Daglan yesterday. Fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese, wine, bread, cakes, the list goes on. Everything that you would want to eat in the square or to take home. No need either to look for something to drink there were wine sellers, artisan beers and a bar selling wine and soft drinks. They also had cooking demonstrations and a truffle dog who always seems to be attracted to the aroma of the sausage stall.

    It was an all day event which everyone enjoyed.
     

    Not only in the Place de la Liberté, there were stalls lining the main street too.
     

    “The bar is now open for customers”.
     

    The aroma of French markets is wonderful. I particularly liked the spice stall.
     

    Bunches of garlic for sale.
     

    An excellent selection of cheeses.
     

    Who would say no to a bottle or two.
     
     
    Events :-


     


     
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    Bastille Day

    La Fête Nationale is an extremely important day celebrated through out France on July 14th.

    Unfortunately I could not attend the ceremony held at the village memorial, I was so tired after my earlier short walk around the market, but I shall be there next year. My husband took the pictures for me.

    The pride of the villages can be seen on peoples faces as they gather around the village monument.
     

    Monsieur Cabianca raising the French flag and the placing of the gorgeous flowers.
     

    The speech was given by our Mayor, Monsieur Dussol which focused onto the history of France, liberty, and cultures coming together.
     

    Following a minutes silence was the singing of the French National Anthem which always brings a few tears to my eyes due to how many lives were lost for the liberty of France.
     
     

    Events:-
    Domme, 19th July. Concert of Traditional Russian and Gypsy songs by Ensemble Chaika .
    Daglan, 28th July. Fête de la Gastronomie.

    Salon La Mode Vintage.

    It took meticulous planning, organisation and preparation over several weeks and months to create an outstanding event held in the village yesterday. Well done everyone involved and what a great success it was.

    The money raised:- over 1000€ from entrance tickets totalling 520€, clothing sale 480€, and extra prosecco 22.50€. All of which will go to charity.

    Preparation for the English afternoon tea. Sandwiches, gorgeous cakes, scones, muffins, buns, gâteau etc. were all made by the ladies of the Craft Session.
     

    The music was delightful while everyone enjoyed their afternoon tea.
     

    Bon Appétit.
     

    For some of the ladies a welcome chance to sit and enjoy the fashion show.
     

    Magnificent.
     

    Such glamour from all of the ladies who walked the full length of the Salle de Fête,
     

    Sophistication, I love the outfit.
     

    Jackie (who looked brilliant in this outfit) leading the models for one last walk before the fashion sale.

    I could not resist buying a jacket that I had seen a few weeks earlier, plus jewellery and a blouse.

    Thank you everyone for your support in attending this event.
     
     

    Event:- Dominique Allaert.
    At the Ancien Presbytere in Daglan from the 29th June to the 13th July.
     
     

    May 8th Victoire 1945.

    Victoire 1945 or V-E Day is one of the three French National Days or Fêtes National. The other two are 14th July, Bastille Day and 11th November, Armistice Day.

    May 8th marks the end of WW11 with the French and their allies gaining victory over Germany. Actually, the German army surrender on the 7th May but Stalin demanded that the German Army surrender in Berlin the following day, which they did in the presence of representatives from Great Britain, France, the Soviet Union and the USA.

    Unfortunately I was unable to attend the ceremony yesterday which was disappointing but my photographer was there to record the event on a very wet and cold morning. Thank you Paul.

    The parade and the raising of the French flag is always an emotional moments.
     

    Marie, representatives and the people of the village.
     

    A few words from the Marie and the singing of the La Marseillaise.
     


    The lone trumpeter, always brings a few tears to my eyes.
     
    There was an aperitif afterwards at the Marie.