Photographer's Note

On parades the Saint-Malo bagad is always pre-empted by a dogo, one of the symbols of Saint-Malo city. The tradition comes from 12th century. At that time Saint-Malo was one of the richest cities in Europe because of trading. The ware in the boats on the quays was very attractive for thieves. To protect the boats and the city, it was decided to use dogos from 1155. There was a curfew every nigh at 10 pm : the fortified city was closed and the dogos were unhanded in the streets. No need to say there was no more problem with thieves ! The dogos were used for a few centuries. But in 1770 there was a tragic incident. A young marine officer, Ansquer de Kerouartz, visited his fiancee but came back after the curfew was declared. He tried to climb the walls of the city ... but was killed and eated by the dogos. After that the city council decided to poison the dogos and they were no more used to protect the city. But the dogos remain on the city arms.

Photo token a few weeks ago on Great Parade of Celtic Nations at Interceltic Festival of Lorient in Brittany.

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