Waiters’ Race @ Reims part2

After watching the race near the south end of La Place Drouet-d’Erlon for a while, mum and I decided to move closer to the start of the race.

Now, we were on the halfway line of the racecourse…

There was no seating for mum but the new place offered a much better view…

The waiters’ race, le course des garçons de café, was originated from Paris, France, and the first race was held at the beginning of the 20th century. The idea behind the event was to promote the recognition of the waiter profession in Paris.
The principal rule of the competition is to carry a tray laden with a bottle of water and a few glasses while racing as fast as possible without spilling its contents on the tray. Another rule is the participants are not allowed to run. The reason behind it is because waiters never run during their service, therefore, they are only allowed fast-walking.

See, they are walking, not running…

The pace of their walk was steady and the trays seemed to be glued to their palms.

However, there was always an exception. This guy was not particularly in a hurry, was he?

He was more interested in posing for a local newspaper photographer!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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