Festival of Saint Peter at Nice Port
All those years ago, pleading to God was the only recourse available to men who encountered the fury of the elements at sea. And still to this day, fishermen honour their patron saint with a procession through old Nice, ending with a boat burning ceremony at the port.
8pm - Mass at Notre Dame du Port
9pm - procession of fishermen from the church to the Entrecasteaux dock, music
9:15pm - Embarkment of the statue of St. Peter, the priest and officials on the "Triton"
Wreath laying at sea as a tribute to fishermen and lost sailors
Procession of Boats - Entertainment on the dock
9:40pm - Speeches by officials
10pm - the boat is set ablaze
10:30pm - Glass of Wine - Balèti