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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!
Also by Laura Boston-Thek
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