What do you get when you cross pretzels with streamers on a stick?
Answer: The makings of the Sommertagszug, a.k.a. Summer Day Parade.
Halfway through the Lenten season, the entire town of Weinheim comes together to declare that winter is over and summer is here. Since we have had our fair share of winter weather here in Heidelberg, we were only too happy to participate with the happy villagers of Weinheim in ushering in the summer.
Here we are in the Marktplatz a few hours before the celebration.
And the quiet streets of Weinheim lined with historic buildings.
Ahh, peaceful Weinheim. Kind of makes you want to commune with nature. Like this lovely cedar tree, the biggest in Germany.
Then the three main players arrived: the evergreen, the brown stick tree, and Mr. Snowman.
But Mr. Snowman's fate was already sealed. He was marched down into the center of the Marktplatz to awate his fate.
But first, the children of the town had their role to play. Each one was dressed up in a springtime costume and carrying the streamer sticks.
The band played some traditional little diddies. One of the crowd's favorites went something like this (in German): "Strih, strah, stroh, the summer days are here!
These were my favorite. Nothing says spring like these flower babies.