What else does our annual Horse Market parade consist of? We've had horses and carriages, groups in historical and national constumes and uniforms, tractors... Well, a parade isn't a parade without marching bands!
Of course you've already seen some of them on the first four posts about the Horse Market. Here are some more:
They were all playing well and in tune. O.K., who was watching the parade with me, has been part of his home village's orchestra for almost 40 years now; he plays the trumpet. I've not yet been to any of their concerts, but I will most likely get to attend one this weekend, and am very much looking forward to that.
Anyway, he was watching the bands closely and kept commenting on them, saying things like "They march as irregularly as we do," or "They really know what they're doing, well practised", and so on. It was interesting for me to look at them with an expert at my side! I imagine it is not easy to play, stay in tune and in rhythm all the time while walking along the streets, lined with crowds of cheerful (and sometimes noisy) people.
When I was little, I always loved the marching bands most; the way the big drums made my tummy resonate was exciting!
Something else I loved about the Horse Market was the funfair set up east of the town centre. It is still set up every year, and after two showers (one of which we watched from the shelter of a building's entrance while eating something we had bought at the market), O.K. and I walked there and had a look round. We did not go on any of the rides but enjoyed seeing others having fun - or at least pretending to! - and spending their money to be whirled around in the air for a few moments.
The sun was out now, and everything looked cheerful and festive:
This is not yet the end of my Horse Market posts... I've a few more pictures, one set about fashion (through the ages) and one of pictures I like because I find them interesting on a deeper level.