Port-Vendres, Sunday, 5 July 2009 - Here are some photos, showing principal elements of the Fete des Pecheurs in Port Vendres on July 4th, a Saturday. Local pecheurs, right outside my door, put up a parasol on the dock beside their ship and partied underneath it all day, singing sea chanties and falling in the harbor. Lucky they were so close or we wouldn't have been able to hear.
The weather, as for all fetes in PV, was beastly hot until the lightning and thunder and rain. It did not exactly clear up for the jousting, done by two teams of sturdy galley dudes from Sete. Both teams were named 'amicale' something or other. An observer ship from WWF kept watch to make sure no local animals, or fish, were harmed.