Northern France / Carnaval de Dunkerque

The ‘Carnaval de Dunkerque’ is a 2 to 3 months-long yearly carnival close to my place in the North of France. This carnival is an institution in our region. Very festive, popular, colorful and low-profile. Special.

The origins of carnival Dunkirk back to the early seventeenth century. The boat-owners offered to fishermen, before leaving for six months of cod fishing in Iceland, a meal and a party (the “Foye”), and half of their pay. Many of them did not return to touch the other half (lost at sea, sinking, …) leaving women and children without anything.

Here is the wikipedia page (in French): https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnaval_de_Dunkerque

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