Villerville - July 21st, 2019

In Villerville, this tradition has been kept alive since 1896. The streets of the city are decorated with fishing nets to bless the sea and celebrate sailors and fishermen lost at sea.

The celebrations start in the morning with a religious ceremony held at the Notre Dame de l’Assomption church, also attended by flag bearers and veterans. The traditional music parade crossing the streets of the village is joined by children and enjoyed by people passing by. To the sound of bagpipes, little sailors lining up in single file are proud to carry about twenty boat models, lent by the Société des marins de Honfleur, and head for the sea. Once reached the dyke, the officials invite inhabitants and visitors to observe a minute of silence and then to offer a wreath of flowers to the sea. The sound of the horn coming from offshore boats accompanies the sea blessing. Concerts and activities are held during the rest of the day to pay tribute to seafarers.


11 am: Mass at the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church
11:45 am: Start of the boat models’ parade - West Celtic Pipes and Drums (rue Abbé Duchemin)
12 pm: Welcome speech of the Mayor of Deauville and of Father Leconte (rue des Bains)
12:15 pm: Sea blessing
12:30 pm: Duo performing ironic sailors’ songs: Les Kerguelec de Gaodham (rue des Bains)
12:45 pm: Back from the sea blessing and opening of the cocktail offered to everybody - West Celtic Pipes and Drums (rue des Bains)

Refreshments and snack kiosks.

2:30 pm: Adam H Concert: traditional Irish music (rue des Bains)
3 pm: Rescue dogs’ show by Newfies Normandie (rue des Bains)

Hook-a-duck game all day long (rue des Bains)