Photo Essay: Paris Celebrates the Grape Harvest in Montmartre

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Photo Essay: Paris Celebrates the Grape Harvest in Montmartre
Montmartre Fete des Vendanges in Paris

The euphoria of the accordion. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre celebrated the harvest in style this weekend with the 82nd Fête des Vendanges. The festivities on the butte featured wine from all over France, along with gastronomic delights, throngs of people, and far-reaching conviviality—so many things reminding us of the beauty of the planet (this year’s theme).
Grape harvest festival in Montmartre

This is what it’s all about. © Meredith Mullins

The Saturday grand parade was its usual merry self. Robes flowing, silver tastevins sparkling, percussionists percussing, bagpipers piping, wine flowing, people smiling. As several signs proclaimed, “Cheerfulness costs nothing.” And that, for all, was the philosophy of the day.
Montmartre Harvest Festival

The festivities feature knights & brotherhoods of wine regions and everything gastronomique. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Passing the time pre-parade: A roving bagpiper demonstrates the funky chicken. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

The robes and headgear of the confréries and chevaliers are reminiscent of royal courts and Shakespearean drama. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Monsieur Gadget keeps an ear to the terroir. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

The queen of the Fête des Vendanges rises to the occasion. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

The red and black of the République de Montmartre carry on the tradition. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Even Davy Crockett shows up. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Grapes (and wine!) are offered for tasting along the parade route. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

We don’t really need a sign to tell us that “Cheerfulness costs nothing.” Everyone at the parade is smiling. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Fresh dahlias are all around from the Compagnons du Dahlia. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

The Brouilly boys came from Beaujolais to share their grapes and ready-to-drink wine. © Meredith Mullins

Montmartre Harvest Festival

Les Chanteurs de Rue step back in time when music was truly mobile. © Meredith Mullins

Lead photo credit : The euphoria of the accordion. © Meredith Mullins

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Meredith Mullins is an internationally exhibited fine art photographer and instructor based in Paris. Her work is held in private and museum collections in Europe and the U.S. and can be seen at www.meredithmullins.artspan.com or in her award-winning book "In A Paris Moment." She is a writer for OIC Moments and other travel and education publications.

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