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The Fete Votive 2014 Finale: Bulls, Belles, Bands and Bubbles.

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The Fete Votive in Uzes 2014 has come to a successful end. Although the weather could have been better for some of the events, the spirit of the crowd was hardly dampened.

Bulls in UzesFinal days and nights of the annual festival were filled with the  more bulls, horses, men and young boys and girls running through the streets.

While the opportunity for disaster was always possible with the huge animals galloping down the crowded road, it was amazing how there were no injuries to man or beast.

It makes me wonder about the running of the bulls in Pamplona. Is it tamer than we think? If so, would it draw the crowds?

Bulls in UzesSaying I was in the middle of the road waiting for the bulls to rush at me, it’s not a joke.

Guess it was fool’s luck that there wasn’t a wayward bull that pulled away from the herd.

Has this given me the courage for Pamplona next year?

Only time will tell.




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It takes a whole village

During the Fete Votive there are activities that all the town’s people and visitors enjoy.


(The photos in this slide show courtesy of the town of Uzes website)


Memorable moments

Attending all the Fete Votive activities would have been difficult for anyone. I squeezed many as possible. As you may recall,  my top priority is to LEARN FRENCH by December. That means I have lessons almost everyday

That said, my favorite events were the crowd scenes — the running of the bulls, the parades, and the brass bands that appeared  almost everywhere you’d go around the village.


Brass Band in the Street






Brass Bands on the sidewalks.

Brass Bands on the sidewalks.


More brass bands in the street

More brass bands in the street


People cheering the brass bands

People cheering the brass bands





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      Brass bands playing in your ear.

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Brass bands heading for the watering hole.

Brass bands heading for the watering hole.






The crowds

The crowds



The flashback to early times in Uzes

The flashback to early times in Uzes



The artists

The artists


The art



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The little girl blowing bubbles


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                                    The welcomed cleanup










… and the best part?

It comes again next year!








2 replies »

  1. What a wonderful time!! But really, standing out, waiting for the bulls? I woulda been there with you, but standing in an alcove! 😜

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