Gay Marriage, Notre Dame Birthday, Leslie Caron & Fetnat …

Lots going on at Notre Dame this week. I shot two very different events near and at my neighborhood cathedral: a big pro-gay marriage demonstration as well as the opening ceremony of the jubilee celebrating Notre Dame’s 850th birthday. Try to figure out which photos are from which event.

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

Members of the procession enter Notre Dame Cathedral

Members of the procession enter Notre Dame Cathedral

Seeing the light

Seeing the light

My next Halloween costume

My next Halloween costume

Members of the procession outside Notre Dame Cathedral

Members of the procession outside Notre Dame Cathedral

For those of you that remember her, the French actress Leslie Caron, who starred in the film “An American in Paris” way back when, was presented a medal declaring her an honorary citizen of Paris by Mayor Bertrand Delanoe.

Leslie Caron receives an honorary citizen medal from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe

Leslie Caron receives an honorary citizen medal from Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe

Leslie Caron and her medal

Leslie Caron and her medal

One humorous story I heard about this week. In the former French colonies, it was once customary to name children the same name as their saint, as displayed for each day on the French calendar. So for example, if a child was born on Saint Paul day, he’d be named Paul. Comically, the tradition led to a significant number of children with the name “Fetnat” whose unwitting parents didn’t realize that that was not a name of a saint but was in fact the abbreviation for “Fete National” (national holiday). There wasn’t enough room on the calendar to write out “Fete National” and so the name FetNat accidentally came into existence. Ouch.

Some photos of the week:

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

No idea what this girl is protesting; her sign says “Save A Unicorn”

Pro-gay marriage demonstration near Notre Dame

This guy’s sign simply says “Yes, I Want It”

Jesus on the cross - street art

Jesus on the cross – street art

Zelig-like photo of me in the background

Zelig-like photo of me in the background

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Tracey on December 16, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    ALL DAVE………Love your blogs!!!!! I always feel more worldly and entertained!!!! Merci!

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