Sunday, 31 March 2013

The Easter Parade

Today the kids took part again in the Easter Parade. A popular happening every 'Påskafton' (= Easter Eve) here in town.
It's been three years since we were last in Sweden for Easter, and did the parade, but the kids could still use some of the same dress-up things! Although last time the skirt Linnea is wearing reached the ground..!

Lots of people had gathered in town to join the parade. Kids of all ages had dressed up to be 'påskkärringar', 'påskgubbar', Easter bunnies and even chickens!

While we waited we got to listen to this old man playing a keyed fiddle/nyckelharpa (a traditional Swedish instrument). Bless him, he was very cute in his traditional clothing and his hat made out of birch-bark, but the music (well...) was awful...

Finally off they went, with the nyckelharpa-man in the lead, now with a drum! Ha ha!

I guess you can spot who walked first in the parade..?

Luckily they only walked around a very short route in town, because it was so windy that the chill went through the bones! Brrr! In the end they made it back to the stage, where it was time for the prize - Easter candy for all kids!

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