Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The waiter race

The annual course des garçons de café was Sunday, so of course I had to be there in the middle of the street, watching it all. The basic principle is that waiters take a tray full of four different drinks. They have to race up and down the Quai Gustav Ador along the lake without spilling anything.

The car leading off the race:

The start of the race:


There were girls in the race, too:

Ten minutes later at the finish line:

There was a girl at the end who was not only carrying her tray on one hand, but also balancing a bottle of water on her head. I wish I had gotten a picture of it!

The newspaper said that over 500,000 people were at the lake for the fireworks on Saturday night... hard to believe, but it definitely felt crowded at the bridge I was standing on.

It's all over until next year!


The Lone Beader said...

Ha! That's a cool car, too:)

Irie said...

How did that tradition start? It's too funny!

Princess Cat's Pajamas said...

LB--yeah, it's definitely a cool car! It belongs to the Servette Hockey Club.

Irie--supposedly the race started 11 years ago to help promote the profession. It looks like they have a similar race in Paris, too.