The essentials The Fêtes de Bayonne, one of the largest festive events in Europe, which attracts almost a million people for five days at the end of July, will not take place this year for the second time in a row for health reasons. The city’s mayor announced on Wednesday.
Edition 2021 of the Fêtes de Bayonne! One of the largest festive gatherings in Europe, which will attract almost a million people for five days at the end of July, will not take place for the second year in a row due to the health situation, the mayor of the city announced on Wednesday.
The celebrations “are impossible to organize” until “collective immunity is guaranteed,” said Mayor (UDI) Jean-René Etchegaray. “People have to come out and we would have seen irrational behavior.”
After a meeting of the elected officials, the commission that brought together those involved in the party of the sub-prefect of Bayonne, a “consensus” was reached and the mayor announced to the press the cancellation “with death in his soul”. He said he should not bet on a postponement of the holidays in 2021, but on various cultural events in the summer “to support people and still support our traders” because the holidays “are not just an appointment. Social it is also a big economic meeting “.
Scheduled from July 28th to August 1st
The Fêtes de Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), scheduled from July 28th to August 1st, is a gigantic popular festival that every summer hosts up to a million “festayres” (“night owls” in Gascon) in red and white in The crowded streets of the city stretch between cultural events, sports, concerts, bullfights, gastronomic competitions.
At the beginning of April, after the last restrictions announced by Emmanuel Macron due to the health crisis, the city of Dax (Landes) decided, like last year, to cancel its Feria planned around August 15, which attracts several hundred thousand people. However, Dax hopes to keep bullfights going with a reduced gauge.
Another bullfighting stronghold, Nîmes announced in early April that it was lifting its Whitsun holidays, one of the most important in France, scheduled from May 27th to June 1st, in the hopes of organizing their harvest fair. , Mid-September.