Photoessay: Sefrou’s Cherry Festival Parade and Cherry Queen

Cherry Princess of MoroccoSefrou has been a hotbed of activity for the past week with the annual cherry festival in full force. Visitors not only were able to ride the many carnival rides, play the games of the midway, and watch the epic fantasia of Berber horsemen shooting muskets but there was also a very local and colorful souk, plenty of music and dance, Berber cultural programs focusing on the Berber tribes in the Atlas mountains nearby, a lively parade, and the crowning of the Cherry Queen, ‘Miss Cerise 2011’.
Cherry Queen of Morocco
The following photos show a bit of what it has been like at this wonderful annual event which is short listed for UNESCO status.

Sefrou Cherry Queen

The Cherry Queen elected this year at the 91st Festival of Cherry Sefrou is Hajar Haji, the representative of the city of Sale. She has taken the place of Loubna Al-Bakri, the Cherry Queen of 2010 …

Among the 32 divas from several cities in Morocco, 5 condidates remained in contention for the final for title. And it was the young resident of Sale, Hajar who was crowned Miss Cerisette Sefrou 2011.

The selection was done based on criteria including beauty, general culture and elegance. This was done transparently by the members of the jury which includes civil society actors, local elected officials and media representatives.

Sefrou Cherry Festival 2011
Parade puppets in Morocco

Cherry Queen

Cherry Queen of Morocco

Cherry Festival Morocco

marching girls band Sefrou, Morocco

Cherry festival Morocco
The ladies of Sefrou all wore gorgeous kaftans and djellabas

Cherry Festival

Cherry Festival Parade Sefrou

Vago Damitio

Vago Damitio

Vago Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. He jumped ship from a sinking dotcom in 2000 and decided to reclaim his most valuable commodity, time. He bought a VW bus for $100, moved into it and set out on a journey to show the world that it was possible to live life on your own terms. That journey took him from waking up under icy blankets in  the Pacific Northwest to waking up under palm tress in Southeast Asia. Three years later, his first book, Rough Living: Tips and Tales of a Vagabond was published. After diving into the Anthropology of Tourism and Electronic Anthropology at the University of Hawaii (with undeclared minors in film and surf) he hit the road again in 2008. Since that time,he's lived primarily in Morocco and Turkey, married a Moroccan girl he couchsurfed with, and become a proud father. He's been to more than 40 countries, founded a successful online travel magazine (this one!), and still doesn't have a boss. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

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