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Krakow Highlights: The Dragon Parade

Krakow has been strongly linked to the dragon because of their old legends, particularly one about the town shoemaker who managed to use his wit to defeat the dragon threatening the town and its people. This association has stuck and the dragon is still a prevalent symbol in Krakow.

We were lucky enough to be in town for the Dragon Parade, a two day celebration of the legend of the dragon and the shoemaker. The Saturday night festivities were on the water. We were not quite sure what to expect but headed over just before ten to see what all the excitement was. Unfortunately it was still raining, but with our recently purchased umbrellas, we stayed pretty dry (the pictures definitely look like rain though). The lights and music started. There were boats that pulled floats along of dragons and other creatures. I’d anticipated a scarier dragon, but this one was pink, slightly chubby and rather friendly looking. Each creature came out to its own music, with a mini light show and was followed by fireworks. Plenty more floats came and the fireworks went on. The fireworks were rather impressive- I thought we were at the grand finale about 4 times given how amazing they were.

We did not go to the parade the second day, but were told it is an all-day event targeted at families. Wooden and paper dragons are carried along the route, with much help from children. There is plenty of other excitement going on, and you can read more about it here.

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This entry was posted on June 12, 2013 by in Playing Tourist, Travel and tagged , , , , , .

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