- Folklore and Tradition
The Saint-Roch folkloric march started with the pilgrimage taking the image of Notre-Dame de Rome to the monastery of Soleilmont in the 17th century. In 1961, the tradition found a new beginning. Today, 800, wearing costumes inspired by the first Napoleonic empire, divided into 9 companies (one being children between 3 and 6 years of age), join the procession.
Origins of the marches
Religious in the start, then influenced by the Napoleonic era, the processions evolved through the 20th century to the actual format.
Each march of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region has its traditions, costumes and rules. Please consult the calendar for more information.
The marches of the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region are listed by UNESCO.