It is a tradition that has taken place every year for 77 years. However, because of the Covid-19, the Colombette fair could not animate the eponymous street in Toulouse last year. But this fall, she’s coming back for a new edition. This event is organized by the Amicale des Commerçants et Artisans de la Colombette, an association whose role is to highlight the Saint-Aubin district. It will begin this Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 12:45 p.m. for an inauguration in the presence of the mayor of the city, Jean-Luc Moudenc, and will end on Monday 1uh November.
A “festive” and intergenerational edition
In details, three days of celebrations will punctuate this new edition. Craftsmen, traders, local and independent creators of the rue de la Colombette will settle down along the sidewalks where they exhibit their products. Marching bands, balloon games, face painting for children or even a fun fair will also be offered. An edition that the Amicale wanted “very festive and popular to reconnect with tradition and get out of this rather heavy period for two years”, explains François Scheerens, secretary of the Amicale des traders de la Colombette and contacted by The Independent Opinion.
“We wanted to meet again and find our Toulouse audience”, he adds. The other particularity of this fair is found in the intergenerational nature of the event. With the richness of its program, it hopes to attract a large and diverse audience. A mix of activities “for adults and children”, representative of the Saint-Aubin district and the Free Commune of La Colombette, is proposed. “In this street, there is everything in terms of shops. You can dress your child, discover watchmakers, jewelers or even artists,” he underlines.
The circus and the brass bands put back in the spotlight
But to celebrate the return of this large open-air street clearance sale, François Scheerens ensures that high-level entertainment will also be on the program. “On request to the Cirkomcha circus company to do three shows per day. They are very linked to the Free Community of the Colombette “, he explains. In detail, a parade entitled” Féérie “will present” white fairies who will take the public to meet the dream “, details the press release of the ‘Friendly In another “Circus” parade, clowns will walk on stilts or on the ground and jugglers will interact with the audience.
Finally, with the “Vivaldi” parade, flower fairies will stroll in the street. The spectators too dance to the Brazilian rhythm with the Pifada marching band, “a mobile fanfare of flutes and percussions which revisits traditional music such as Forro, Coco or Ciranda”, details the secretary. They can also sing with the Sardinhas Da Mata fanfare, a group of women who sing the “Afro resistance descendant do Brasil”, accompanied by their drums.