Smell Provence’s famous lavender at the Corso de la Lavande
27th July, 2016
Throughout the summer, the region of Provence is home to
several festivals, with every town or village having its own reason to
celebrate. One of the best small and local festivals found in the entire region
is the Corso de la Lavande, hosted in the town of Digne-les-Bains.
Held this year from August 5-9, the festival typically spans
the first weekend in August, when the town demonstrates to the world why it has
been heralded as the “Lavender Capital”. The festival dates back more than
seventy years, and traditionally celebrates the harvest of the lavender, which
has to be one of the town’s strongest exports.
During the event, which takes place over five days, the
entire town is in celebration with a number of parades, firework displays and
performances of dance. Among the highlights are the Tatoo des Lavandes, a huge
formation of marching bands from all over Europe, which takes place at the
Palais des Congres. The Corso de la Lavande, however, culminates in a huge
parade, where elaborate floats and tales of folklore proceed through the
streets, with a huge ball held afterwards.
With entertainment going on throughout the day and night,
from music performances on street corners to jaw-dropping firework displays,
there’s something going on to keep people of all ages happy. Located just a
short distance from our villas in Provence, there’s no reason why you couldn’t
make a visit to the Corso de la Lavande as one of your trips out for the day.
Image: Amanda Slater,
available under Creative Commons