Feast of the Gardians and Election of the Queen of Arles

Arles - Arènes et centre ville - Provençal Tradition - Le 1er Mai - Free

Each year, on 1 may, the guardians celebrate Saint Georges. During the morning takes place the parade of the guardians from the Camargue region, accompanied by the inhabitants of Arles in traditional costume, and then the mass in Provençal in honour of the patron Saint.The Queen of Arles and its Honorary bridesmaids were elected for 3 years. In 2014 will be designated the XXIII reign. The election takes place formally on 1 may, the feast of the guardians. It is the culmination of a process that takes place from February onwards.In the afternoon, the guardians compete during Equestrian Games organized in the amphitheatre.9 h 00: gathering of the herdsmen on the esplanade Ch. De Gaulle, front booth. A delegation will go to pay tribute to Frédéric Mistral on the place du Forum.9 h 30: beginning of the parade 10 h 30: blessing of the horses and mass celebrated in the Major ND. After the mass, back to the square of the Republic and delivery of bread blessed at the mayor who announces the name of the new Queen of Arles 4.30 pm: show at the Bullring (paying) a bull in Roundel, capelado, gathering of former captains of the brotherhood and the former Queens of Arles.

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Information provided by OT Arles

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    Brotherhood of the guardians
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    • 06 12 92 61 86
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