St. Barth’s Patron Saint Festivals

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There are many summer festivities in St. Barth. The last celebrations of the summer are the patron saint celebrations, Fête de St. Barthélemy, the island’s patron saint, on August 24 and Fête de St. Louis, patron saint of the fishermen, in the village of Corossol on August 25.

The Fête de St. Barthélemy Festival honors Saint Bartholomew with political, religious, and social functions, including a speech by the mayor, a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial, a procession, the blessing of boats, regattas for traditional wooden boats and catamarans, a public ball, and fireworks on the Quai du General de Gaulle in Gustavia.

Similar activities are held the next day for the Fête de St. Louis Louis, patron saint of the fishermen in the village of Corossol. There is a mass and a fishing tournament held very early in the morning. There are sailboat races but also various sports events, such as beach volleyball, soccer games, tug-of-war, triathalons, as well as games of cards, dominoes, and the local version of boules.

Photo from http://www.orlandosentinel.com/travel/destinations/caribbean/hc-caribbean-cheap-travel-trave.artapr12,0,2761730.story

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