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In Pictures: Pilgrims flock to French town for beach litany

Updated : November 03, 2019 10:07 AM IST

Since the mid-15th Century worshippers from the Camargue town of Saintes Marie de la Mer have paid tribute to Sainte Marie Jacobe and Sainte Marie Salome by parading their shrines through town and returning their saints to the sea.

Pilgrims chant as the shrines descend towards them during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Since the mid-15th Century worshippers from the Camargue town of Saintes Marie de la Mer have paid tribute to Sainte Marie Jacobe and Sainte Marie Salome by parading their shrines through town and returning their saints to the sea. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Pilgrims chant as the shrines descend towards them during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Since the mid-15th Century worshippers from the Camargue town of Saintes Marie de la Mer have paid tribute to Sainte Marie Jacobe and Sainte Marie Salome by parading their shrines through town and returning their saints to the sea. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshippers of the Confreerie Des Saintes Marie return their saints to the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. . (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshippers of the Confreerie Des Saintes Marie return their saints to the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. . (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Pilgrims and worshippers gather to watch the return of the saints to the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Pilgrims and worshippers gather to watch the return of the saints to the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Camargue worshippers pay tribute to the Saintes Marie shrine during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  The ceremonial procession from the fortress-like Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer to the sandy beach, 600 yards away, and knee-deep into the water is a centuries-old tradition that attracts crowds of visitors to this small coastal town. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Camargue worshippers pay tribute to the Saintes Marie shrine during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer.  The ceremonial procession from the fortress-like Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-de-la-Mer to the sandy beach, 600 yards away, and knee-deep into the water is a centuries-old tradition that attracts crowds of visitors to this small coastal town. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
A Guardian on a Camargue horse enters the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
A Guardian on a Camargue horse enters the sea during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshippers in traditional Camargue dress attend a mass during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshippers in traditional Camargue dress attend a mass during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshipper Laura Merz poses for a portrait during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Laura has attended the procession since she was fifteen years old and wears a different traditional Camargue dress every year. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Worshipper Laura Merz poses for a portrait during the October pilgrimage in the southern France town of Saintes Maries de la Mer. Laura has attended the procession since she was fifteen years old and wears a different traditional Camargue dress every year. (AP Photo/Daniel Cole)
Published : November 03, 2019 10:06 AM IST
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