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Covid-19: the Fêtes de Bayonne canceled for the second consecutive summer

2021-04-14T20:37:54.323Z

The festivities "are impossible to organize" as long as "collective immunity is not guaranteed. People need to get out and we would have witnessed irrational behavior, ”declared the mayor of the city Jean-René Etchegaray.



The Fêtes de Bayonne, one of the largest festive gatherings in Europe which attracts nearly a million people at the end of July for five days, will not take place this year, for the second consecutive summer, due to the health situation, announced Wednesday, April 14 Jean-René Etchegaray, UDI mayor of the city.

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The festivities "

are impossible to organize

" as long as "

collective immunity is not guaranteed.

People need to come out and we would have witnessed irrational behavior.

", did he declare.

After a meeting of elected officials, of the commission bringing together those involved in the festival, of the sub-prefect of Bayonne, a "

consensus

" emerged, and Jean-René Etchegaray announced to the press the cancellation of the holidays "

death in the city. 'soul

'.

The mayor plans to organize various cultural meetings in the summer, "

to bring people in and still support our traders

", because the Holidays are "

not only a festive, social meeting, it is also a major economic meeting

”.

Read also: Canceled, maintained or postponed: the festival calendar in the time of Covid-19

The Fêtes de Bayonne (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), which were scheduled from July 28 to August 1, 2021, are a gigantic popular festival, which drains each summer up to a million “

festayres

” (“

party people

” in Gascon) dressed in red. and white in the crowded streets of the city, 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) had also decided, like last year, to cancel its Feria scheduled around August 15, and which attracts several hundred thousand people.

Dax however hopes to maintain bullfights, with a reduced gauge.

The city of Nîmes for its part announced in early April, the cancellation of its Pentecost feria, from May 27 to June 1, which is one of the most important in France.

Nîmes hopes to be able to organize its Harvest Fair in mid-September.

Source: lefigaro

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