“Fiesta Garona” Toulouse 2017

Water Jousting
Water Jousting

Toulouse hosted last weekend, September 9th and 10th 2017, the first edition of “Fiesta Garona” – the Garonne River Festival.
The highlight of the feast was the water jousting competition that took place … on Garonne Sunday afternoon.
Water jousting is a popular sport/tradition in the southern regions of France that border the Mediterranean Sea, especially the ancient Languedoc region, with the town of Sète the unofficial capital of the sport: the first jousting competition took place here on July 29th 1666.
According to the folklore the water jousting sport was born during the Crusades, when the knights, without horses to mount to practice jousting, while waiting to embark towards the Holy Land, decided to prepare for the fights with the means of the boats.
Traditionally the boats are propelled by ten oarsmen, with an experienced captain at the helm, but in Toulouse this time they used motor boats!

Some pictures from the water jousting competition:

Teams greet each other
Teams greet each other

To this day the water jousting competitions oppose young bachelors in a blue boat to married men, in a red boat!
Teams  greeting
Teams greeting

Let the fight begin
Let the fight begin
The oponent was pushed in the water
The oponent was pushed in the water
The red boat belongs to the married men team
The red boat belongs to the married men team
Crowd on the banks of the Garrone River
Crowd on the banks of the Garrone River watching the water jousting competition
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