Ever wonder why the elegant Rex parade each year includes a float with a giant cow on the top? Well, it’s actually a bull—the Boeuf Gras or fatted bull, and it’s an ancient symbol of Carnival in France, where a live bull was paraded through the streets on Fat Tuesday.
Surrounded by masked butchers and bakers, it represents the last meat eaten before the fasting of Lent.
Until 1909 Rex featured a live bull, then took a fifty-year break before reintroduced the Boeuf Gras in papier mache form. Look for him this year on float number three.
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