The Sainte Gertrude Tour takes place every year on Michaelmas, September
29, or on the following Sunday.
More and more participants look forward to this tour whose reputation
has gone well beyond local and national borders.
For about 15 km, it follows the paths through fields of the Abbesses and
Canonesses who used to visit the farms, the ill and the poor.
The Sainte Gertrude Tour, which was mentioned in sources dating back to
the 13th century, was of course a religious procession initially. Today
it is an opportunity to get together in a very congenial atmosphere.
Early in the morning (about 6:30 a.m.) after the blessing of the horses,
the procession gets underway to accompany the 15th century chariot
carrying the relics of St. Gertrude.
Over the entire 15 km itinerary, the choir's chants mix with the
conversations of the pilgrims-for-a-day.
Since 2004, the Sainte Gertrude Tour has been declared a part of the
French Community folklore and immaterial heritage.