Monday, September 22, 2008

The Transhumance: Part 4 --the "blood and gold" majorettes

As I've written before, drum majorette troupes are a big thing in the Ariège. Today's group is called the "sang et or"--blood and gold. No, we're not sure why either. But you can see how they reflect the name in their costumes, and--whatever their name--they were terrific. First they paraded through the vide grenier. Then they lined the road, raising their batons to create a welcoming arch for the sheep. Finally, they provided a magnificent performance midway through lunch. Majorettes, by they way, is a misnomer. There's also a male version--majorets? 

Do note the sheep in the background. 

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