Monday, August 6, 2012
Flaming devils and late night partying
It's Saturday midnight and we can hear drums beating and see fireworks at the beach. It is the festival of the Carrefacs or devils. Once down in the port we head right towards the beach. Men were dressed as devils brandishing huge umbrellas of fireworks. Each time an umbrella was lit and started shooting out flames spectators young and old, would run and crouch under the sparking umbrella. There were also devils holding hoses of fireworks used to hose down the beach. The sparks would shoot out and become a little too near for comfort. I ended up standing by the children's playground hoping it wouldn't go up in flames. At one point there were fire eaters, devils 'hosing' the ground and ten umbrellas shooting sparks. It was most impressive. Finally, when the devils were done, a more familiar fireworks display lit up the sky from the end of the pier. Beautiful.