Did you know that “La Marseillaise”, France’s national anthem, was actually composed in Strasbourg in 1792, not in Marseilles as we might assume? It was in fact created at the request of the mayor of Strasbourg who was looking for a patriotic, motivating song ‘”to rally our soldiers from all over to defend their homeland that is under threat”

Gégants are enormous painted figures, several metres tall, constructed on a wooden framework with heads made from paper maché and plaster of paris – a tradition which goes back to the Middle Ages, depicting religious figures in parades.

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