Make sense of…quirky French festivals

There is no shortage of festivals in France, from music to celebrations of history, sport or food, but some are a little more unusual than others...

One of the more colourful events this summer is the Championnat de France du cri du cochon, the French pig imitation championships (yes, you read that correctly).

Artist Perry Taylor, whose images regularly brighten this page, lives near the contest.

“It’s true! Grown men wear fluffy onesies and a spongy pig nose and make some pretty explicit noises as they are asked to portray impregnation, birth, feeding piglets and being slaughtered,” he said.

“Candidates come from all over France. The prize is a pig carcass: about 200kg of pork.”

He said the piglets depicted in his image above are part of the show as contestants try to reproduce the sounds of a mother pig suckling. “They use more soothing sounds to get the young to find the teat,” he said.

The contest is the highlight of the Pourcailhade pig ...

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