With all the announcements of various Oktoberfest festivities – that are in full swing in September – I realized that I never posted a few things from our vacation this summer, starting with these photos from a gorgeous local parade that we caught during our time in Berchtesgaden. Now these are some serious lederhosen!
My obsession for dirndls and assorted trachten-wear is pretty well known (and yes, we have one for diplo-tot) but putting all jokes aside, these are some gorgeous national dress costumes. While we were at our absolutely favorite hotel, we heard of the parade down in the town, which began with a church service, then followed by full on procession, and ended with a concert in the town square. Paraders were up at the cafes at 9 am eating their breakfasts of boiled white sausage, pretzels and beer, and I couldn’t stop admiring the incredible craftsmanship of their handmade outfits, each town with a slightly different take. Part of the tradition for some towns is to also carry arms, but as it’s peacetime, they have the barrels of guns and cannons facing backwards, stuffed with leaves and flowers, which struck me as such a touching way to present something that’s otherwise so dangerous.
Typically when we stay in Berchtesgaden, we have a bit of a routine and try to take in as much of the mountains and the property as possible but this is definitely was definitely an event worth breaking stride for, and it makes you appreciate some of the deep traditions that small mountain towns still manage to carry on, despite the turning world around them.