It lasts longer than Rio. It follows stricter codes than Venice. And performers and spectators are never further than a confetti-throw from a bar offering bubbly Blanquette de Limoux.
This year the carnival runs from 27 January until 7 April. Three times a day every weekend - plus Mardi Gras - the medieval arcades around the central square resonate to the beat of the drum and the sound of brass and woodwind.
But preceding the band are the dancers - different groups every day - wearing a dazzling array of costumes from the traditional to the downright ridiculous. Whatever they are wearing, they love confetti!
Gaillac is best known for its wines, and the town claims to have vineyards that pre-date the Roman occupation. But it is also twinned with the town of Zigong in China's Sichuan province, and this winter it is hosting its second Chinese Lantern Festival.
We visited the park on Monday and spent a cold, moonlit evening wandering among a thousand giant illuminated silk sculptures. The festival closes on 6 February 2019. Féerique et magnifique!
Thank you to everyone who submitted pictures for the 'Lauragais' photo competition.
Some readers travelled enormous distances both horizontally and vertically in their attempt to win, while others displayed considerable talents for creativity and comedy.
After long and difficult deliberations, the judges have finally reached their verdicts.
In its January 2019 edition, the US magazine ‘Mules & More’ has published a double page spread about the launch of my book at the Château de Garrevaques.
The mood was reverential and sombre until one of the book's authors - my friend Jean-Paul Calvet, President of the Revel History Society - made me wear a Tommy helmet and took me for a ride in a taxi. This vehicle was one of 630 Parisian taxis used in September 1914 to transport troops to the Battle of the Marne.
According to this article, 'I have the ideas and structure for my next book. I hope to start it this winter'.
As the Dalai Lama once said, choose to be optimistic, it feels better!
Colin Duncan Taylor, author of ‘Lauragais: Steeped in History, Soaked in Blood’, passionate about this undiscovered corner of south-west France.