Last year, I was not here for the parade (which is the highlight of the three days this event lasts), but this year, with O.K. spending the weekend at my place, we went to join the crowds lining the streets of my home town to watch.
The parade always lasts at least one hour. This year, it took nearly twice as long, with many groups that had never participated before, in addition to the traditional ones we have come to expect. Why? Because this year, not only is Ludwigsburg celebrating its 300th anniversary as a city, but also it was the 250th Horse Market.
We met my parents among the spectators. Aren't they lovely together? I was reminded of what is probably my favourite photo of them, the one I took (also at the Horse Market!) back in 2012 - click here if you wish to re-read that post.
Yesterday was sunny and hot, close to 30 Celsius in the sun. I did not envy the men, women and children (nor the horses) for walking the entire parade of almost 2 km in the blazing sun, in full costume or uniform, some of them playing music, dancing or otherwise performing while walking.
It was a pleasure to watch, a truly festive atmosphere, and we made up for standing in the sun so long by sitting down at an outdoor table at the nearest ice cream parlour for large bowls of delicious ice creams afterwards.
What do I mean by "get ready"? Well, I took 211 pictures - but don't worry, I'll only show you 129 of them, as I have discarded some that were redundant or not as good as I was hoping. I'll not post them all in one go, of course, but you may expect some themed posts over the next days (or weeks!).
Oh, and to fill this post with a few more pictures, here are some reminders of spring - our spring was VERY short this year, we almost went straight into summer! All of these were taken on the 20th of April. The dress was a birthday present from my sister, and the tulips were given to me after I came home from hospital.
The cherry blossoms in front of my kitchen window did not last long - and by now, not a single cherry is left on the tree. Never have I known them to be ripe so early! The few I managed to pick from the window were delicious, sweet and juicy and almost black-red.