Saturday, 7 June 2014

The Gothenburg Cortège



Gothenburg Cortege

I was lucky enough to be in Gothenburg this year for the evening of the Cortège, a university carnival that takes place every Walpurgis Night (the last night of April, which is basically the calendric mirror image of Hallowe'en).

Many of the floats had a current affairs theme, often based on Swedish politics that I didn't understand at all. Others featured international events such as the Olympics, or North Korean missile tests. These were interspersed with a variety of university bands, dance troupes, and home-made vehicles (see above for one of the most impressive examples).

One of my favourite acts in the procession was a brass band which started out perfectly seriously, and soon turned into a display of physical theatre.

The university students clearly had a lot of fun putting this together, and it was a great evening's entertainment.

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege

Gothenburg Cortege



5 comments:

Rachel said...

I did like those strange contraptions - someone has been very ingenious!

mypixieblog said...

This looks like so much fun! My mom always raves about Gothenburg. I'm sad I missed a family vacation there a few years ago. Will add to my ever-growing bucket list. Sounds like you had a great time (PS: Love the floating coach, LOL)

Rebecca Subbiah said...

neat love seeing what goes on in different cities

Pauline Persing said...

Amazing vehicles. Looks like a parade that had everything, even the living room sofa on the move.

Deirdre said...

How neat. :)

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