I read that there are 32 Saint Quentin municipalities in France and they had to come up with some name changes to differentiate them all for the postal service. Our Saint Quentin is one of the oldest pottery making regions so, in 1886 the 'la Poterie' was added.
Today was a big celebration in town. The kids and I walked to where we saw everyone else walking and watched. We weren't sure what was happening or why but it looked like a lot of fun. Nearly every kid and quite a few adults were in some kind of costume. I counted five Zorros a couple dozen garden variety princess, lions, tigers, (no bears) AND several cowboys and indians. It made me feel good someone was representing for the USA. A big papier-mâché guy was burned -- I'm not sure what he did to deserve but I hope I don't make the same mistake.
I ran into our across the street neighbor and asked her what we were celebrating. She said it's, Carnaval, it's supposed to be celebrated in February but it's just too cold then. Whatever the reason, it was a great excuse to put on a costume, toss confetti, and for the boys to spray shaving cream all over each other. Burning stuff in the center of town is always fun too.