We were on our way to the first ever Virtual Reality Science Fest held at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) when we arrived at the entrance of the university and were greeted by wondrous floats lined up along the university entrance.”What’s going on?” I beckoned.
She looked back, her shoulders shrugged and her eyes widened. She had no idea. We stopped to admire the floats and then returned to the special talks at the fest…
Midway through the talks, she nudged me at the shoulder and whispered, “want to go check out the quarnevalen event after the talk?”
Quarnevalen is a tri-annual parade hosted by students from the KTH. It is one of the largest student parades where students have a week to use their creativity and technical know how to make a unique and attractive float for a parade, it is up to them what they want to do with the float. That’s it.
Some 400,000 people turn up to watch the event not including the reporters who bring the images across the nation.
The origins of the parade were simple enough, the student’s had successfully resolved a dispute with the school administration and in 1910 took to the streets in a parade. It evolved into a popular street parade and then later become an irrelevant one before being revived in its present for in the 1970s. In the years that the Quarnevalen is not held, a water-based parade called Squvalp is held instead.
Here are a selection of floats 🙂