Fêtes de la Madeleine

Fêtes de la Madeleine (Madeleine Festival) in Mont-de-Marsan

Throughout the summer in the South-West of France, towns and districts organize great celebrations with joyful, friendly atmospheres everywhere. In Mont-de-Marsan, capital of the Landes, the Fêtes de la Madeleine (Madeleine Festival) will gather thousands of “Festayres” (festival-goers) together this year from 17 to 21 July.

Quick run through the event’s basic must-knows

  • blue and white clothing, colours of the town’s coat of arms, and the famous scarf,
  • bandas, fanfares from the South-West which make you want to sing and dance!,
  • the cavalcade with its "corso" (parade with floats),
  • bull-focused activities, including the encierro (bull race through the streets to the bullring (arena)), bullfight and the “course landaise” (see below),
    - bodegas and peñas (places with live music) run by local associations where friends meet up to have a drink together.

We recommend two activities during the celebrations

  • During the Landes Challenge, discover the “course landaise”, ancient form of bullfighting held in oval or rectangular arenas covered in sand, that involves no bloodshed, its “paseo” (parade), its “coursières” (runners), its “écarteurs” (dodgers) and its “sauteurs” (leapers).- During the Landes Challenge, discover the “course landaise”, ancient form of bullfighting held in oval or rectangular arenas covered in sand, that involves no bloodshed, its “paseo” (parade), its “coursières” (runners), its “écarteurs” (dodgers) and its “sauteurs” (leapers). It is a show for young and old alike, an extremely local tradition which takes place in just a few French departments, and totally one-of-a-kind.
  • Fancy finding out more about the festival, bull culture and the Plumaçon arena which is celebrating its 130th anniversary this year? Take part in a tour organized by Visit’ Mont-de-Marsan to visit behind the scenes (patio de caballos, bullfighters’ chapel, etc.) or discover a “ganaderia” which breeds cattle for the course landaise.

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from July 17 to July 21

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