This procession, which has been classified as "Immaterial heritage of
the French Community, is made up exclusively of horsemen (even the
musicians are on horseback). To honour Saint Renelde, the patron saint
of the village,150 to 200 riders do the rounds!
After an early morning mass, the Grand Tour with its musicians, all
riding horses, leaves at 7:30 for a 30 km jaunt encompassing the
neighbouring towns, before returning to Saintes to escort the chariot to
Saturday and Sunday, festivities in Saintes.
Saturday: 7:00 p.m the relics of St. Renelde are mounted on the chariot;
Sunday at 7: a.m. the Grand Tour takes off – to return at about 5:00
p.m. accompanied by a children's procession and historical characters of
the St. Renelde procession (200th outing).
Saturday evening: solemn homage in the St. Renelde church, when the
relics are mounted on the chariot.
Departure of the chariot Sunday morning for a 28 km round of the old
Saintes parish. The solemn return to the church is scheduled for 4:00
Monday morning: small procession around the church The procession always
takes place on the Sunday after Pentecost.