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Roztoky Carnival (Czech Republic)

In January and February, 2018, we were invited by Sdružení Roztoč in Roztoky, outside of Prague, Czech Republic to lead a two-week giant lantern making workshop. We worked with about 10 local artists, performers and community participants to make an illuminated ensemble of roosters and chickens. Each participant made a lantern egg, a lantern mask and helped with the giant Rooster puppet.

Just before sunrise on the day of the Carnival, we had an unannounced parade through town, waking them up to drums and horns announcing the coming of the carnival. We went to the house of the Queen of the Carnival to get her blessing then ended at a house for a lovely egg breakfast.

The Rooster and the hens were also part of the main carnival with happened later that day.

Click to see more workshops photos and Dawn Parade photos by Jacob Soucek.