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Photo Essay: Paris Celebrates the Grape Harvest in Montmartre

Montmartre Fete des Vendanges in Paris [1]
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 [2]
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 [3]
The festivities feature knights & brotherhoods of wine regions and everything gastronomique. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [4]
Passing the time pre-parade: A roving bagpiper demonstrates the funky chicken. © Meredith Mullins
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The robes and headgear of the confréries and chevaliers are reminiscent of royal courts and Shakespearean drama. © Meredith Mullins
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Monsieur Gadget keeps an ear to the terroir. © Meredith Mullins
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The queen of the Fête des Vendanges rises to the occasion. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [8]
The red and black of the République de Montmartre carry on the tradition. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [9]
Even Davy Crockett shows up. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [10]
Grapes (and wine!) are offered for tasting along the parade route. © Meredith Mullins
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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 [12]
Fresh dahlias are all around from the Compagnons du Dahlia. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [13]
The Brouilly boys came from Beaujolais to share their grapes and ready-to-drink wine. © Meredith Mullins
Montmartre Harvest Festival [14]
Les Chanteurs de Rue step back in time when music was truly mobile. © Meredith Mullins