The Wittlich Pig Fest or “Säubrennerkirmes” is celebrated every August in Wittlich to recall how a pig ate the turnip that was holding the city gates closed – which led to an army entering the city and destroying it.
So every year in remembrance of the pig that ate the the turnip which allowed an army to enter through the main city gates, Wittlich holds a Pig Fest to enjoy a giant pig roast and party for everyone – which starts with a ceremonial parade through the city.
These knights await their turn to begin marching in the parade – wasting no time in kicking off the party with their beer tankards in hand.
The pageantry continues as the city leadership plays their part in welcoming the distinguished guests to their place of honor – at the head of the table so to speak.
The fire brigade rings their bell announcing that the pending arrival of the city’s distinguished guests in their wagon isn’t far behind them at the end of the parade.
The fire brigade pulls a historic hand pump that was used in the old days for fighting fires in the city of Wittlich, Germany.
This ceremonial cannon is pulled along the parade route which is probably used to signify the start of the Wittlich Pig Fest or “Säubrennerkirmes.”
An equestrian club makes for a proper escort for the distinguished guests attending the Wittlich Pig Fest this year – who are right behind them in the parade.
A team of horses pulls a wagon with two finely dressed escorts for the two distinguished guests riding behind them in the wagon – the star attractions for the entire festival.
These two pigs are dressed for the occasion with turnips in their mouths – on their way to become the main attraction – part of a giant pork BBQ party for the entire city.
Here a pig is slowly roasted over a bed of coals – one of many roasted in the Pig Fest in order to provide what is the main course and central attraction for the entire city – roasted BBQ pork.
The band strikes up a tune and the entire city is ready to celebrate the annual Wittlich Pig Fest – which no one wants to miss in the entire region.
Wittlich is filled with carnival rides, amusements and attractions – along with the best food, beer and wine – which makes for quite a party.
From high above the center of Wittlich the ferris wheel provides a bird’s eye view of the fairgrounds that spread out along the streets of the city.