05 July 2010

Féte Saint Pierre


Each year during the first weekend of July, Menton celebrates the Féte Saint Pierre - the feast of St. Peter which usually takes place in sweltering temperatures and indeed it did - the temperatures in Menton have been high since the 1st of the month.

The festival celebrates the sea, the fisherman and their boats and prays for those who died at sea and is a way the people of Menton reconnect with their roots, to the Mediterranean, the nurturing mother and benefactress, but also one that is so cruel at times.

In the smaller photo is le Père Proal who officiated at the ceremony in the Basilica.

More tomorrow...

10 comments:

  1. belle célébration et avec ce temps cela ne doit pas être évident de porter cette statue

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  2. Oooo that slash of scarlet makes the fellas look so dashing!

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  3. Beautiful photo's. It is a good thing to be grateful and honor those who lost their lives as well.

    a nice tradition and tribute.

    Joanny

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  4. A great photo of the Fete St Pierre procession! I feel like I'm walking along with them!

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  5. This looks like a very different procession from the ones on streets across the U.S. yesterday.

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  6. Ok Jilly, explain the striped shirt going on even with the spectators. The guy on the right looks like Picasss to me!
    V

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  7. The striped shirt represents a sailor/fisherman. It's traditional. Many of the locals wore it too specially for the day.

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  8. I wonder what St Peter would have to say about the parades in his honor?

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  9. I do love all these festivals

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  10. Yes, life has many twists and turns, cruel one day and joyous another. The fishermen's shirts really make the photo alive (despite the heat).

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