The Saintes Maries de la Mer tourist office has provided a schedule of event for the May Gypsy Festival in the Camargue, Provence, the South of France.
The Gypsy Festival brings Gypsies and the Camargue Cowboys together to honor the saints.
May Gypsy Festival Camargue
The Gypsy Festival at Saintes Maries de la Mer in the Camargue is an annual May event that brings Gypsies and the Camargue Cowboys on their white horses together to re-enact a legend of two Marys related to Christ and their arrival on the shores of the Mediterranean aided by the Gypsy patron Saint Sara la Kali.
The Camargue Gardians manage the black bulls used in the bullrings of southern France while riding their white Camargue horses.
The Gypsies return to the wilds of the Rhone River delta in May to honor their Patron Saint Sarah in a colorful event at the seaside fishing village.
The Gypsy pilgrimage to the town of Saintes Maries de la Mer at the edge of the Mediterranean is an annual event that sees the Gypsies join with the Camargue Gardians to celebrate history and Gypsy legends. The Gypsies arrive in Saints Maries de La Mer during the second half of May for their annual pilgrimage.
Visitors to the Camargue in the South of France during May will see the Gypsies joined by the Camargue Gardians, local men and women famous for their riding skill with the white Camargue horse.
On the 24th and 25th of May the celebrants will honor the women who, according to legend, arrived in Provence by boat in the year 40 AD after traveling from Jerusalem.
Camargue Horse Events
During the third day, bull events with the Camargue Gardians will take place
The statue of Sarah La Kali is worshiped by the Gypsies in the church at Saintes Maries de la Mer on the Rhone River Delta.
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Gypsy Festival, Schedule Of Events, May Camargue, Provence The South of France
Gypsy Festival Schedule
The festival in the Saintes Maries de La Mer of the Camargue
brings together the Gypsies, the Camargue white horses and the
They meet to honor the Maries related to Christ, the Saintes
Maries de la Mer.
On May 24th at 10 am the ceremony starts with Mass in the
At 4 pm the Gypsies carry the statue of the black St Sarah
to the shores of the Mediterranean as they honor their patron
On May 25 at 11 am the statues of Saint Mary Jacobe and Saint
Mary Salome are brought to the shore.
On May 26 bulls run through the street escorted by the Camargue
Gardians on the white Camargue horses. An afternoon of
Camargue horse events and Provence bull events honors the
Marquis de Baroncelli.
Camarge, Provence, The South Of France
Camargue Gardians such as these riding in a bull festival in Mouries will participate in the bull festival during the Gypsy festival in Saintes Maries de la Mer.