Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Apero Mousse

No, we didn't know what it was either last year, which is why we missed out. This year we made sure we were there.

The apero mousse is the highlight of the fĂȘte votive de Nages. Now I may be biased. But I have been to a few of these annual village celebrations around this region now and I genuinely think ours is one of the best.

The abrivados (bull running) are always exciting and full of incident, the encieros (basically shutting idiots in a cage with various bulls) are equally exciting, especially since they are held in the evenings after everyone has been drinking and are therefore more likely to get into a cage with a very sober and very playful bull, and on the last day is the apero mousse.

A barrier made from plastic sheet is placed across the street and a huge blower device starts pumping foam - the sort you get on top of your bath or washing up water when you put too much detergent in it - into the street. The area between the barriers quickly fills to over head height before spilling over into the street, and the DJ starts to play raucous dance music. The general population of the village then jumps into the foam and starts to dance, and this goes on for 2-3 hours.

All very silly. All very messy. All tremendous fun. Looking forward to next year already!

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