Folklore And Tradition
Saint Lambert Folkloric March in Cerfontaine
The Saint Lambert Folkloric March taking place on 15 August in Cerfontaine, along with Napoleonic-style uniforms and a music parade. A UNESCO intangible cultural heritage.
History of the Napoleonic March in Cerfontaine
Cerfontaine is one of the forty Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse towns that was incorporated into France in 1793 and which remained there until December 1815.
The Saint Lambert March in Cerfontaine was founded to honour the memory of the local conscripts that fought throughout Europe in the ranks of Napoleon's army.
Among the survivors, several were awarded the Croix de Sainte Hélène (Saint Helen Cross), which can be seen at the Museum of Local Life in Cerfontaine.
The day's scheduleThe Napoleonic Saint Lambert March in Cerfontaine takes place every year on 15 August.
Sappers, grenadiers, police, the Zouave, light infantry and artillerymen march to the sound of drums and fifes.
11am: Departure of the procession
12.30pm: Return of the procession
8pm: Return of companies and squadrons
The Saint Lambert March distinguishes itself from other by a squadron of over 50 cavalrymen, wearing an exact replica of the uniforms of which the soldiers of the Empire wore.
Full information can be found here (link in French only).
Origins of the Napoleonic march
The Marches have religious roots and were influenced by the Napoleonic era. They evolved during the 20th century to become what they are today.
Find out more at Folkloric Marches in Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse.
Instructions for the marches
From May until September, 20,000 people dress up in costumes to re-enact this long tradition.
Each Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse March has its own traditions, customs and characteristics.
Check out the Marches calendar here (link in French only).
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