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.
The ceremony begins with a long procession from the Church of Saint Louis right through the narrow streets of old Le Lavandou, to finish in the Ernest Reyer square, where an open-air religious service is held. 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 July 2019 | 11 h: Folk Dances - City Hall | 11:30 am Procession | 12 h: Blessing boats | 12.30 pm : Aperitif - prud'homie of Lavandou | 19.30 pm Meals - entry to pay followed by a Ball | 21.30 pm: Night Nautical Parade