While Saint Clair, the patron saint of the seamstresses, recounts the dubbing of the Prior with an offering to the Hermit, and a sermon to the White Penitents in the Provencal language, in June we have the celebration of Saint Pierre, the Patron Saint of seafarers. In earlier times, the people did not put out to sea for 3 days around the Feast of Saint Pierre, and took advantage of this to paint their boats, dye their nets, ...and to play boules.
In Lavandou, the ceremony begins with a long procession from the church Saint Louis du Lavandou, through the alleys of the old village, the prud'homie Lavandou, to arrive at the port to the rhythm of the salvos of the guns of the Bravadeurs of Vidauban, the tambourine players, and the folk dancers, the Prud'hommes, dressed in the traditional striped jerseys with a red sash around the waist, carry the statue of Saint Pierre right down to the waterfront. The ceremony then continues with an outing on the sea, for the blessing of the waves, and to hurl sprays of flowers into the crystalline waters of the roadstead.
Program in Le Lavandou June 30, 2019 | 11h30: Procession of the Saint-Louis church at the port car park | 12:00 pm: blessing boats at sea followed by an aperitif | 19:30: outdoor dining, fishermen's hall | 9 pm: "The Whale" show, Port du Lavandou