- Folklore and Tradition
The Saint-Pierre et Paul folkloric march has been declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO. A unique experience indeed...
Florennes has been celebrating this tradition, one of the largest folkloric marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse for 181 years. Throughout the festivities, which last 3 days, over 1,500 armed men wearing traditional costumes and divided into 3 companies, will join the procession in the streets of Florennes.
The event starts with a mass, said at 8 am in the church of Floremmes. The procession leaves at 8.30 am.
The Sunday afternoon, a battalion forming a square shape will enter the Ducs de Beaufort castle - a superb show, not to be missed. The procession will return to the church at 8 pm.
The Saints-Pierre et Paul festivities take place every year in Florennes either on Sunday, June 29th, or the first Sunday following June 29th.
Origins of the marches
Religious in the start, then influenced by the Napoleonian era, the processions evolved through the 20th century to the actual format. More than 2,000 persons join the tradition, fully dressed in historical costume. More information about the many marches taking place in the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region here.
Each march of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region has its tradition and rules. more than 20,000 join them every year, dressed in historical outfits. You will find the calendar listing the marches here.
Intangible cultural heritage
The marches of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region have been declared Intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO in December 2012.