Farewell to the King

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In Spring time all around Germany there are parades celebrating the battle of the Summer Sun over Winter.

A few weeks ago I attended the city of Heidelberg’s Sommer Parade because a friend of ours plays the role of Winter King each year.

What an exciting and colorful event after many months of darkness. A parade travels up the main street in Heidelberg, wheeling along a giant paper figure of the Winter King and the excited children follow along carrying their colorful wands decorated with pretzels and eggs.

Once the parade arrives in front of the town hall, the eerie white figure of the Winter King carrying his sword ready for battle, slinks out of the building and into the crowd. The children obviously hold their breath at his entrance. Following quickly behind him is the elegant golden figure of Summer.

Upon a stage surrounded by excited children Summer and Winter battle. Thankfully Summer wins and the large paper representation of the Winter King is set a blaze to the happy cheers of children. Then the first birds to arrive here in Germany apparently, the crows dance about.

It was a wonderful experience and at the very end everyone is given a pretzel to eat.

I hope you enjoy the slideshow of images and don’t forget to cheer on Summer!

23 responses

  • Loree McComb

    Loree McComb   gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    Fabulous capture and expression

  • Billy Howard

    Billy Howard   gave props (4 Apr 2010):

    What a treat to live that festival through your eyes. That is what blogs are supposed to be.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (4 Apr 2010):


  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) said (5 Apr 2010):

    Looks like he is going to chop my head off!

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (5 Apr 2010):

    Wonderful portrait! Viva le Roi!

  • Vanessa Kubach

    Vanessa Kubach (Deleted) said (6 Apr 2010):

    Love it. Nice

  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Beautiful story and excellent picture, Laura!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Jean Pierre Vacherot

    Jean Pierre Vacherot (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    Great capture, voted

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (11 Apr 2010):

    voted! Excellent entry

  • Jayashankar Perumal G

    Jayashankar Perumal G gave props (13 Apr 2010):


  • Michael Lynch

    Michael Lynch gave props (16 Apr 2010):

    Super for the Theme; YEAH!

  • Luke Everett

    Luke Everett gave props (20 Apr 2010):

    Excellent capture!!! I love the look on his face, so much emotion! Most fun entry!! Enjoyable story.....my vote

  • Vidyavati Chandan

    Vidyavati Chandan (Deleted) gave props (22 Apr 2010):

    excellent composition! voted!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (25 Apr 2010):

    Great shot!!! Awesome POV!!! My vote!

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (28 Apr 2010):


  • Lil Solomon

    Lil Solomon gave props (30 Apr 2010):

    He's the bad boy King .. excellent shot; great attitude

  • Robin Lerios

    Robin Lerios said (23 May 2010):

    For some reason this evil looking man turns me on a bit... great strength!

  • Peterson, Dave Peterson

    Peterson, Dave Peterson gave props (27 May 2010):

    Excellent!! & Yes vote!!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 May 2010):

    Heck yeah this is way RAD

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (27 May 2010):

    voted! great for the theme!

  • Brenda Burk

    Brenda Burk gave props (6 Jun 2010):


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