The traditional procession in honour of Saint Fiacre opens the folkloric marches season in the Entre Sambre et Meuse region. The event takes place every year on the first Sunday of May.
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 on the Marches de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse can be found here.
The marches of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region have been declared intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.