The Coumba Freida Historic Carnival
- 16 February 2023 - 17 February 2023
Thursday February 16th
8.00 am - The masks meet at the municipality of Etroubles for the exit and pay a visit to the Mayor’s house, they continue towards the hamlets of Echevennoz and Chez-Les-Blancs. In the afternoon parade in the village.
10.00 pm - Great dancing evening in the multipurpose room of the tennis bar with Erik et le poudzo valdoten
Friday February 17th
9.00 - Meeting in Vachery, Cerisey house
10.00 - Visit to the families of Pallais, the village and Vachery.
22.00 - Great dancing evening with The village boys and awarding of the funniest Patoille
From a music of the 70s, 80s, 90s
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.