Provence October Festival Schedule, Saint Maries de La Mer
and Camping in the Camargue
The white horses perform in St. Maries de la Mere ridden by the Gardians the "Cowboys" of the Camargue
Campers head for the tip of the Rhone delta.
Arles is the gateway to the Camargue
In the vast pastures of the Camargue the Gardians raise the  black bulls used in the bullrings of southern France and Spain.
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The most notable Gypsy Festival in Provence takes place in May but there  is another pilgrimage in October
Saturday and Sunday,  the nearest to October the 22nd

15h30 :        Ceremony of lowering the reliquaries  (Relics of the Saints)
18h00 :        Mass
20h00 :        A reenactment of the Sainte's legend on the beach

10:00 :        High Mass
11:00 :        Procession to the beach and blessing of the sea
15:30 :        Ceremony of pulling up the reliquaries

October the 22nd is the feast day of Marie Salomé.  Local people, wearing traditional costumes, meet around the reliquaries and escort the two Mary’s in a procession to the beach.

The December Pilgrimage
Saturday and Sunday after December the 3rd
Pilgrimage includes a mass and the lowering of the relics of the Saints to commemorate the first ceremony of pulling up the reliquaries in 1448.

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October the 22nd is the Feast Day of Marie Salomé.
People  come to honor the Saints and join  traditional costumed marchers to revere the reliquaries and escort the statues of the Two Mary’s in a procession to the beach.
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