• ArlesThe Mayday Parade
  • The Mayday ParadeLead by the pipe and drum band
  • Everyone costumes up
  • Passing through Place de la Republique
  • Outside Notre Dame Church
  • The horses don't get to go in

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Arles, France

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Arles
Arles - Mayday Parade
Arles - "Fete des Gardians"
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Arles - the Mayday Parade

On Mayday everyone costumes up and joins the Mayday Parade. Even the little kids get out their perambulators and join in. And the horses too (but nothing but side-saddle for the girls).

Through the city and the Place de la Republique, past the old Roman arena to the Church of Notre Dame for a "Grand Messe en Provencal".

The Queen of Arles is announced, and everyone gets ready for the "Grand Spectacle Provencal" where the guardians (herdsmen) of the Comargue show their skills with bulls and horses.

If you can only be in Arles on one day, make it 1st May.

The parade is staged by the Brotherhood of the Herdsman. Established in 1512, the Brotherhood's mission was to assist the elderly, the poor and infirm.