Monday, 22 June 2009

Celebrations of the Five-Petalled Rose - The Procession

A highlight of the Celebrations was the procession which wound its way through Cesky Krumlov's twisting streets. I waited for nearly an hour along with many others to see it pass, and it was worth every minute's wait.

The procession was enormous with people in costumes from throughout Cesky Krumlov's long past - from the middle ages to the 19th century. Many costumes were exquisite as you can see from the photograph above.

It was noticeable how as in this picture just wearing the costumes resulted in the wearer changing their bearing. It was hard not to act the part when one's costume is that of nobility.

Also in the procession were bands of musicians, soldiers, knights on horseback, foot soldiers, jesters and jugglers, an old carriage, and a lady in a palanquin.

As if one procession was not enough there was another torchlit procession in the evening.


Karen said...

What terrific pics! I want to wear the first lady's costume.

Philip Wilkinson said...

Cor! They do get into it, don't they? Those costumes are the bee's knees.

potok said...

There were a few obviously home-made costumes, and some with interesting half-way house jobs (like the monk's habit with trousers underneath) but a large proportion were simply stunning. All the fancy-dress shops in South Bohemia must make a killing!


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