The Coumba Freida Historic Carnival
- 08 February 2020 - 09 February 2020
9:00 am – Exit of the Benda at La Cleyvaz with arrival at the central square around 10:00 am to follow in the direction of Planavillaz
From 11:30 am, La Benda will visit the families of the hamlets Le Coudrey, Châtelair, Le Torrent, Prabas and La Cerise.
9:30 pm dancing evening in the pavilion with the Miriam orchestra – free entry
9:00 am Exit of the Benda in Meylan. The parade continues towards the hamlets of Champsavinal, Dialley, Crêtes, Planavilla, Condemine, La Chenal and La Cretaz.
End of Carnival at La Grandze di Péì
According to tradition, this carnival event was established in commemoration of the march through the Great St. Bernard Pass by Napoleon and his troops in May 1800, during his campaign in Italy. The carnival costumes then are traditionally an allegorical transformation of the uniforms originally worn by the French soldiers. A bear is also represented and symbolises the arrival of Spring; mule tails represent the winds and are used to banish baleful breezes; the mirrors on the costumes ward off evil spirits and the bright red colour, which symbolises vigour and strength, also has the power to dispel dark spirits, ill omens and misfortune. During the parade, the carnival characters enter the homes of local families; they dance along the streets and in the squares and eat and drink whatever they are given.