Since the second world war, there has been a ban on children wearing school uniforms in Austria, because of what happened with the Nazis. Yet a lot of parents say they would be relieved to do so and the kids would like it to. This seems to be born out by the number of uniformed groups the adults can join, Fireman, soldier, brass band and so on. There are so many parades whether for a holy day, a saint or an anniversary, you bet they’ll be marching and drinking beer and sausage eating afterwards. Militaristic or not, Autrians know far better how to have a great time than the English!
The biggest in the Lungau takes place every three years when a new President of the local town Verein (club) is chosen. The floats are huge, and reflect the life of the new man. We have now following the last one, a large Trojan horse looking for a home in the Industrial park in Tamsweg and a huge Violin at the local metal works. Wonderful!