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Folklore And Tradition

Saint Peter and Saint Paul Folkloric March in Florennes

Florennes invites you to share a wonderful moment: the folkloric march in honour of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Its heritage is recognised by UNESCO!


The course of the march

Each year, since more than 181 years ago, Florennes is the stage for one of the most significant folkloric marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse. From start to finish, the three companies add up to more than 1500 armed men in traditional costumes, and march for three days in the streets of Florennes.

From 8am, traditional mass at the church in Florennes. 8:30am, departure of the procession.

The festivities of Saint Peter and Saint Paul take place every year in Florennes on Sunday 29th June or the subsequent Sunday. 


At late afternoon on Sunday, the battalion gathers in square formation in the Château des Ducs de Beaufort park. 


A magnificent spectacle not to be missed!

At 8pm, the procession starts its return journey.

All information can be found on the Marche Saint-Pierre et Paul website (in French).

Origins

The religious origin stems from the Middle Ages, then marked by the Napoleonic Era, the folkloric marches did not stop evolving during the 20th century to become what they are today.

To find out more on the marches, follow this link.


Useful information about the marches


From May to September, 20,000 people dress up in costumes to perpetrate tradition. 

Each Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse march has its own traditions, customs and characteristics.

Learn more about the marches calendar here (link in French).

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

Since December 2012, the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse marches has been inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Information

  • website : http://www.entre-sambre-et-meuse.be/la-saints-pierre-et-paul-a-483?lang=fr

PLUSTourist information on the town FLORENNES
We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.