Coinciding with the fourteenth anniversary of the Tunisian Republic celebrations, the Festival of Aoussou opened with traditional splendor.
TGV Parade starts along waterfront road, with crowd (2 shots)
SV & LV People watch "floats" pass (3 shots)
Mock camel parades along street with driver
TV Man balancing pots on his head
SV & CU Dancing girls
SV Crowd watch Tunisian dancers (3 shots)
CV & SV Swedish dancers and fiddlers
SV Yugoslavian dancers (3 shots)
SV Belgian couples precede flag and dancers
SV Eastern male dancers (2 shots)
SV Jordanian contingent
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Background: Coinciding with the fourteenth anniversary of the Tunisian Republic celebrations, the Festival of Aoussou opened with traditional splendor. The combined effort of regional cultural committees and international representatives made this year's celebration an extra-special events. The Festival is based on an ancient myth. Aoussou is a sea god, the incarnation of evil. Traditionally, on the 56th day of summer, he leaves his Kingdom to claim his due reward, the most beautiful village girl. A struggle then ensues between the great deity and the strongest and most handsome man in the village. Then the villagers sacrifice animals to placate the sea god.
SYNOPSIS: The Festival of Aoussou is now in progress at Sousse in Tunisia. The annual celebration is an homage to an ancient and evil sea God, Aoussou. According to the traditional myth, Aoussou claims a village girl, fights a local warrior, and finally is appeased by the sacrifice of an animal.
This year's celebration attracted 20 troupes and fifteen floats. Each offered an impressive exhibition.
Through the years, the legend has lost some of its original power. But this years Festival was more spectacular than ever. In addition to the Tunisian regional cultural committees, representatives from Sweden, Yugoslavia, Belgium, and Jordan were involved with the activities. The Festival which started on July 22 will end on July 31.