• 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.

Practical information

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.

You may have heard Belgium has recently faced torrential rain, causing dramatic floods. Many regions have been touched by this natural catastrophe. We are doing our best to help all travellers coming to Wallonia. Some sites are, as you can understand, not accessible for the time being. Please contact them or check their website/social media platforms before getting on the road. Be assured we are all trying to get things back to order as soon as possible. Travel advice
This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.

Event planned for the month of May 2022 (1)


(1) Dates and programme may be subject to change.

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