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Chalmers Cortègen – a fun and goofy tradition

Nerdy Hubs here filling in for Quirky on this post…

Last Saturday I took our son to a Gothenburg tradition – Chalmers Cortègen.  What is it?  According to this, it’s a parade by the students of Chalmers Tekniska Högskola (Chalmers University of Technology) around the campus block, on Walpurgis Night (or Valborg in Svenska, on April 30).

Many people attended the event – according to the website, about 250,000!

The nature of the parade is satirical, full of puns, and very goofy.

Starting time was 18.15 (6:15pm for those who don’t use military time), but they were running a little behind.  When the light rain started, things seemed grim, but finally, at 18.40 (6:40pm), the show started.

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There were marching bands…

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Decorated trucks with lots of puns and social commentary..

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Yep, that is the VW dieselgate.  Cheeky boogers 😉

Star Wars stuff —  Star Wars is huge here in Sweden.

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As my son called it, Millenium Falcon car

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When the Empire goes for cost-saving, AT-AT design needs to adapt

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Tons of political commentary. Including American politics.

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A velociraptor pulling a carriage

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Deserving special recognition were the makeshift vehicles.  Seriously, they stick engines in all kinds of random stuff. The end result is awesomeness!

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Overall, we had tons of fun, and look forward to making this a yearly tradition for our family.  If you have the opportunity to attend, it’s totally worth braving the weather and crowds to see just how creative people can get.

Until next time…

 

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