The town of Castres was built on the banks of the L’Agout River. This water proximity – with houses opening directly on the river – was needed for the cleaning of the animal skins and of the fabrics processed or manufactured by the local craftsmen. Nowadays Castres is known as the “Petite Venise du Languedoc” or “The Little Venice of Languedoc”.
In 2012 the local association “Colori d’Italia” had the idea of bringing some of the magical and mysterious air of the Venetian Carnival to…the Venice of Languedoc, Castres. Since then the Carnival of Castres is held each spring and does not cease to increase its reputation as one the town’s major cultural events.
This year the performers came from two groups: “Les Masques Vénitiens de France”, a national association that brings together Venetian Carnival participants, were joined by the local group of “Les Masques Vénitiens de Castres” equally magnificently attired and respecting the same codes of grace, dignity and… silence.
Hi, I am Carla. I am living and working in the beautiful city of Toulouse, France.
I like history, travel and... the southwest of France and try to share through this blog information about events that might be of interest to the travelers to this part of the world!