Mondragon to host its popular Dragon Festival

20th May, 2016
Located in Provence a short distance north of Orange and our South of France villas, once a year the tiny town of Mondragon swells in size and comes to life with its traditional Dragon Festival, or Fete du Drac. The festivities involve the entire town, with all manner of events and entertainment unfolding throughout the streets and squares.

This year’s event will take place on Saturday 28th May, and is expected to be immensely popular. The Dragon Festival has been happening in the town for over 40 years now, with the celebration revolving around a local legendary tale.

It was said that long ago there was once a dragon who appeared on the banks of the Rhone river, emerging once in a while to capture unsuspecting people living in Mondragon. The festival is said to be an homage to the dragon, in the hope that he will no longer come to haunt the people of the town.

The festival is always a raucous one, with all kinds of lively celebrations taking place throughout the day. During the daytime, there is a medieval market as well as demonstrations of old trades such as blacksmithing, taking the town back to the Middle Ages. The festivities continue on this theme well into the night, when there is a huge procession full of people in costumes and fancy dress, firework displays and plenty of food, drink and dancing. Throughout the day, a model of the dragon stands tall in the centre of the town, and is carried around as an homage by the townspeople during the evening procession.

Image: Comite des Fetes de Mondragon