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Fetes de la Tarasque, Tarascon

Legendary Tarasque monster festival with parades & folklore

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Tarascon celebrates the oldest festival in the city, the Tarasque Festival, where the Tarasque monster is lured out of his lair by brave knights.

Five days of celebration with medieval spectacles, parades, folklore, firework displays and of course the Tarasque and Tartarin show.

The Tarasque was said to be a sort of dragon with a lion's head and an ox-like body, covered with a turtle shell and a scaly tail that ended in a scorpion's sting. The monster was charmed and weakened by a woman (St Martha) and then killed when brought back to civilization. Celebrations of this festival date all the way back to King Rene in 1474. 

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