A big weekend for flying in Saint-Hilaire

Last time I wrote about sky-dining in Paris. Today I’m keeping it in France and I’m keeping it in the sky, because starting tomorrow and running through the weekend there will be all kinds of people flying through the air near Saint-Hilaire du Touvet in this year’s Icarus Cup (Coupe Icare, in French).

Saint-Hilaire du Touvet is a town in southeastern France. And every year, in honor of that mythological wax-winged flying Icarus, there is a major festival of flying. Hang-gliding, para-gliding, wing-suited free fallers, kites, hot-air balloons, people jumping out of helicopters… you name it.

All told, around 8,000 participants will share their love of flight. There are stunt-flying events, other aerial demonstrations, films about flight, a flight-themed masquerade contest. There’s also a night launch of thousands of illuminated balloons, which sounds very cool.

If it’s anything like last year’s Cup, it should be pretty nice. Especially for those who like flight. And who doesn’t?

Photo: Yumeroh via Flickr (CC license)

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