12 June 2012

Croix-Rousse Street Fair

The Croix-Rousse district of Lyon held their annual June street festival this past Saturday - La Croix-Rousse en Fête.

People come from all over the city on this day for the fun and festive atmosphere. And the shopping, of course.

It's the perfect place to come if you're looking to buy original and inventive arts and crafts. And with the garage sale on the Place de la Croix-Rousse, it's also the opportunity to take home a little bit of your neighbor's "stuff". George Carlin would no doubt have a thing or two to say about that.

Others probably come to see, or to be seen, like these seven baton-twirling men wearing shiny blue skirts and booties. They spent a good part of the morning marching up the street, stopping from time to time to dance about, toss blue and white confetti and shout their thanks to Gérard Collomb (the mayor of Lyon) — for what I never quite figured out.

If you missed the festivities this weekend, don't worry. There's usually another street fair held every September that lasts an entire weekend. There's no guarantee the baton squad will make another appearance, but chances are good you can find yourself a good deal, no matter what kind of "stuff" you're looking to buy.

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