The Guardians' Festival

Arles - Musique folklorique / régionale - Sunday 1st of May. - Free

Rendezvous at 9 am on the Boulevard des Lices for the gathering of the gardians and Arlésiennes in traditional costume.

Head to the Place du Forum in front of the statue of the Provençal poet, Frédéric Mistral, to pay tribute to him.

Continue to Notre Dame de la Major, where a mass in Provençal is celebrated, followed by the blessing of the horses on the church square.

At noon the crowd invades the Place de la République to attend the presentation of the blessed bread to the city authorities.

The day is far from over. At 4.30 pm the gardians and the public meet at the arena for a great Provençal show, the gardians' games. The riders and their mounts compete with daring and dexterity throughout the afternoon.

  • Free

Information provided by Office de Tourisme d'Arles

  • Address

    Défilé en ville - Bénédiction sur le Parvis de ND de la Major - Spectacle à l'amphithéâtre
    13200 Arles

  • Organiser

    Brotherhood of the guardians

  • Phone

    • 06 12 92 61 86
  • Website

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