Then we had ham served with french fries and grilled onions. They were slicing the ham off of these hams roasted on spits and it was delicious. The fries were freshly cut.
After eating we found a place from which we could watch the parade. It was less regimented than a parade in the United States. Some of the spectators were joining in and marching along with the official participants. There were many groups of marchers representing regions of France and wearing traditional costumes. There were groups who sang and groups who danced. It was very colorful and enjoyable. I usually am not a fan of parades because I'm too short to really see well, but this was fun.