Traffic came to a halt in the streets of Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on Saturday (26 May) as a colourful crowd, all dressed in national costume, made its way down to the Town Hall.
GTV Parade through streets headed by Swiss musicians
SV People in national costume in procession
SV Dancers through streets with according music (3 shots)
CU ZOOM OUT Man carrying baskets
SV People watching through window
(SILENT) SV INT Bridal couples (Australian nearest camera) standing during wedding ceremony
SV German and Hungarian couple
SV Couples leave altar
GV Carriages wait outside Town Hall
SV Married couple holding baby's cot
SV Couple aboard carriage with cot
SV Australian couple also with cot
SV German couple with cot
SV Swiss couple with bride holding cot
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Background: Traffic came to a halt in the streets of Ljubljana, Yugoslavia, on Saturday (26 May) as a colourful crowd, all dressed in national costume, made its way down to the Town Hall. The occasion was the annual "Peasant Wedding" ceremony.
Fourteen couples were married this year by Ljubljana's Mayor. Although most of them came from within Yugoslavia, there were some couples from as far away as Australia, the United States, and West Germany.
About 80,000 people lined the streets to witness the occasion, which began earlier in the week with official receptions, separate bridge's and bachelor's parties, and a display of the bridges' trousseau.
This year's "Peasant Wedding" is the 12th such wedding ceremony in Ljubljana.
SYNOPSIS: The traditional Slovenian ceremony, which began four days earlier, was watched by a large crowd of curious onlookers.
The ceremony inside the Town Hall took two hours, and as soon as it was over, all fourteen couples went outside to waiting carriages.
In boarding the carriages, each couple was presented with traditional Slovenian gifts, including a baby cot.
Throughout the week, all the couples were given an official reception, bridges' and bachelors' parties.