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Folklore And Tradition : Religion

Saint-Roch Folkloric March in Châtelet

Saint-Roch Folkloric March in Châtelet
© WBT - Alex Kouprianoff

The origins of the folkloric march of Saint-Roch can be found in a 17th century pilgrimage during which the image of Notre-Dame of Rome was carried to the monastery of Soleilmont. The march came back into being in 1961 and nowadays some 800 walkers in costumes of the 1st Empire, divided over nine associations participate in it, one which consists only of children from 3 to 16 years.

Origins of the Napoleonic Marches

Religious and marked by the Napoleonic era, the marches continued to evolve during the 20th century to what they are today.

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Marches Guide

From May to September every year, 20,000 people, dress up in traditional costumes. Each have their own traditions, customs and characteristics.

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UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage

The Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse marches are inscribed on UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


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