Feast of the sea and the pond

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  • Fête de la mer et de l'étang
  • Fête de la mer et de l'étang
  • Fête de la mer et de l'étang
Fête de la mer et de l'étangFête de la mer et de l'étangFête de la mer et de l'étang


Saint-Pierre, patron saint of fishermen, is an essential figure of Provence.
St. Peter's Day is one of the great traditional festivals of the summer solstice.
Participate in a great day of free entertainment!

10 am: Fishermen's Mass at the Madeleine Church
11am: Saint Peter's procession in the city center
11:30 am: nautical parade on the Galliffet canal
- 9 am to 7 pm: "Sardine Day - Glide in your city", a unique fun and festive course in music of 850 m with inflatable structures and water games.
Village and departure from the island district, Cours Aristide Briand behind the fountain.
Child from 8 years old, accompanied by a referent adult.
Only on registrations from mid-May hard sardineday.fr
- 3 pm to 5 pm: "Animation of yesteryear", Place de la Liberation and Canal Saint-Sébastien.
- 4 p.m. to 8 p.m .: Traditional train inter-company challenge. Quay of the Town Hall. Final at 8 p.m.
- 5 pm to 10 pm: "The painters of the sea", place Jean Jaurès.
- 6 p.m. to midnight: "Les artisans de la St-Pierre", Place des Martyrs, esplanade des
Belgians and courses from September 4th.
- 7:30 p.m .: concerts, Madeleine Church (Island).

A thousand boats for the Etang de Berre:
- 10 a.m .: Rescue demonstrations at sea by the SNSM. Quai Saint-Anne, Jonquières.
- 5 pm: Big parade in the center of the pond. Visible from the pier of
Jonquières market, the area around the lift bridge and Ferrières beach.
- 8 p.m. to midnight: "Sardines Night" (paying). Nautical Club, 4 rue St-Anne.

Sunday June 30 at 9 am: Provençal jousting, Provence championship. Quay of the Town Hall.

In Martigues, the maritime environment is more than an asset of the city, it is the city! Thus, all that concerns aquatic activities, starting with fishing, is a true local culture.
The famous Feast of the Sea and St. Peter, patron saint of seafarers, is the annual celebration "official", by its conduct at once sacred, pagan and popular making it accessible to all. During these festivities there is a spectacular religious ceremony on earth (procession where the saint is carried on a man's back) or on sea (surrounded by an impressive flotilla of fishermen and curious, the priest blesses the sheaf in homage to the disappeared in sea), and the popular festivities over the animations and the musical ambiances. Beware of the nuance: in Martigues, the Feast of the Sea is not folklore, but tradition! The difference: folklore pays tribute to past eras, while tradition continues. And it remains very current and alive!
Opening period (s)Saturday 26 June 2021 between 9 am and 12 am. Date to be confirmed.
Practical information
  • Environments :
    • In centre of town
    • Close to a public transportation
    • Waterside
  • Services :
    • Pets welcome
Facilities, services, amenities
  • Sitra promotion typology :
    • Open air
    • Not recommended in bad weather


Free of charge.
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Latitude : 43.405413
Longitude : 5.054315
Ville de Martigues
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