This weekend lamps will be lit and a horse will parade along the streets near our house in Saint Martin de Ré. It’s the annual Fête de la Saint Martin. A small crowd will gather on the Place de la République and the fun will begin.
It’s a simple thing but it shows how Saint Martin de Ré is much more than just a holiday town. There’s a year round community here.
This year’s parade starts around 6pm on November 11th, Saint Martin’s day. It used to be a day for hiring fairs. With the harvest in, farm labourers would be looking for new jobs. Saint Martin is perhaps most famous for ripping his cloak in half so a beggar could survive a snowstorm. He was also known as a friend of the children, hence this parade.
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