To get the ball rolling, this is a shot from the village Escalade march, an annual festival held in December in Geneva, Switzerland, celebrating the defeat of the surprise attack by troops sent by Charles Emmanuel I, Duke of Savoy during the night of 11–12 December 1602. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L'Escalade
We marched, with torches, to the town hall/middle school, to celebrate for hours with four-village locals; kids dress up, sing and play, and adults, errr, do adult things, like drink and be merry. Everybody turns up; I guess there were around a thousand. It was cold and there was snow and it was night.
(Thanks to photobucket and my short attention with such matters, the image seems a bit small; will try to rectify sometime.)