Every year I look forward to June 23rd, it’s the night that everyone goes to the beach for the fires and a midnight swim. The restuarants are full to capacity and beach fires are everywhere. It is in fact the only night of the year that you are permitted to either sleep on the beach or have a fire there. Lots do both, while others just come to enjoy the efforts of so many.
The town hall also builds and oversees a huge bon fire that has only in recent years been attended to by the fire department. For many years this was not the case, it was not that long ago that we were left to our own devices and we were responsible for ourselves… aahhh The dumbing down has begun.
Having said that though, the presence of the fire department does not detract from the festivities, for most newbies to the event, it gives some level of comfort I guess, just knowing that we can be reckless if we want and someone will be there to pick up the pieces. Isn’t that what has happened everywhere else in the west. If you are dumb enough to walk up to a fire that is blazing at about 10 thousand degrees, shouldn’t there be consequences? Survival of the fittest no?
Before the main fire is lit, there is a procession of some kind, every year is different, this year saw performers on pogolegs shooting fireworks all over the place, these allow performers to leap extremely high and the effect of this with the fireworks was really quite something.
Anyway..it was a great night, and I managed to take lots of pics to share, so here goes.