The origins of the folkloric march of Saint-Roch can be found in a 17th century pilgrimage during which the image of Notre-Dame of Rome was carried to the monastery of Soleilmont. The march came back into being in 1961 and nowadays some 800 walkers in costumes of the 1st Empire, divided over nine associations participate in it, one which consists only of children from 3 to 16 years.
Origins of the Napoleonic Marches
Religious and marked by the Napoleonic era, the marches continued to evolve during the 20th century to what they are today.
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From May to September every year, 20,000 people, dress up in traditional costumes. Each have their own traditions, customs and characteristics.
UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage
The Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse marches are inscribed on UNESCO's
Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
Tourist information on the town CHATELET
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