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Villerville - July 21, 2019

FESTIVAL MER
In Villerville, this tradition has been perpetuated since 1896. The City drapes its streets with fishing nets and celebrates the blessing of the sea in memory of missing sailors and fishermen.

The festivities begin in the morning with a religious ceremony in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, in the presence of the standard-bearers of sailors and veterans. Joined by the villervillais children and under the gaze of passersby, the traditional parade in music follows through the streets of the village. Against the backdrop of a bagpipe and in single file, the little boys are proud to carry with their arms around twenty model ships, loaned by the Society of Sailors from Honfleur, and set sail for the sea. embankment, officials invite residents and visitors to observe a minute of silence before offering the sea a wreath of flowers. Offshore, the boats accompany the sound of their horns with the blessing of the sea. Concerts and entertainment then take over to extend this day which honors the people of the sea.

PROGRAM

10:30 am: Mass in the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption
11 am: Departure of the model parade with the West Celtic Pipes and Drums (rue Abbé Duchemin)
12:15 p.m .: Welcome speech by the Mayor of Villerville and Father Leconte (rue des Bains)
12:40 p.m .: Blessing at sea
13:00 p.m .: Return of blessing at sea and opening of the cocktail offered to all with the West Celtic Pipes and Drums (rue des Bains)

Catering on site (Food truck La Cantine de Steve, fish, oysters and white wine, chichis, cotton candy, Le Paquebot)

13:45 p.m .: Rescue dog demonstrations by Newfies Normandie (rue des Bains)
14 p.m .: Adam H concert: traditional Irish music (rue des Bains)

Duck fishing all day (rue des Bains)