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Valras-Plage celebrates the Mediterranean, fishermen and sailors on the last weekend of June every year.
The traditional Saint Peter’s Day was made a full-blown festival in 2008 with the help of Guy Combes to become the event we know today with performances, night parades, fireworks, brass bands, peñas, water demonstrations and more.
Secular events happily blend with religious processions and holy commemoration with councillors, associations, children, lifeguards, jousters, sailors, brotherhoods, musicians and everyone in town helping to make the ever-popular event a roaring success.
There’s no festival without flowers…
Let’s visit Edith at L’Orchidée where she puts floral wreaths together that are thrown into the sea in memory of the dead.
There’s no festival without cuttlefish and olive stew…
Drop in on Francette and the Confrérie de la Pignate to see how to make traditional Valras cuttlefish and olive stew and try some for yourself!
If you can’t join us, we’ve got the full recipe on video!
There’s no festival without the Valras children…
Children are the beating heart of this traditional event. The children’s parade has been run by the Youth Services Centre for 13 years and is part of the Sunday procession straight after mass. Children (no age limit) must sign up beforehand due to limited space on the boat for the sea ceremony on Sunday afternoon.