Burning of a fishing boat during the Festival of Saint Peter, Nice France

Burning of a fishing boat during the Fete de la Saint-Pierre (Festival of Saint Peter), Nice France. Held on or around June 29, which is the feast day of Saint Peter, the patron saint of fishermen, the festival begins with a marine parade and the blessing of the fishing fleet. Afterwards, a procession of religious leaders heads to the local slipway. Without any pomp or ceremony or speeches or drama, they light an old fishing boat on fire. The fact that they burn a boat is interesting, but what’s really striking is the fact that within 2 minutes of the first flames, 95% of the crowd has wandered off.

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