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Cavallada, Céret: Horse parade and blessing

23rd April


Annual parade and blessing of horses

 Cavallada Ceret 1
An event for horse lovers, this event came about when cavaliers, Arnaud and Denis Degournay Borrat, decided to create a rally where they could share their passion for horses with like minded souls. And so the Cavallada de Céret was born.

Anybody with a horse can join in – or if you don’t have a horse, contact one of the many riding schools around.

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PROGRAMME (2021…awaiting details for 2023)

10.45am – Demonstration by Lluis Pell, the Horse Whisperer, at the bouledrome place Henri Guitard

11.30am Procession leaves bosquet de Nogarède

12pm Procession through the boulevards & blessing of horses and riders at Eglise Saint Pierre

1pm Return procession to Mas Nogarède

There will be street entertainment across the town all morning, including country dancing, equestrian shows , horse parade…..

For more info:
Tel: 04 68 87 35 83



CAVALCADE….by Hortense Hargreaves

On Sunday we went to see the horses
Dancing past the Grand Café.
Riders, girls and boys alike
Smiling, laughing, heads held high.

Up the cobbled paths as one
Horses, ponies followed on.
Through the archway left, then right,
Shook their heads and loudly neighed.

On the square the priest was waiting
Incense filled the air with hope
As he blessed each horse and rider
And God’s Grace on us bestowed.

All the horses, all the ponies,
On their way to pastures new
Where the summer months will give them
Freedom, warmth and pleasures too.

In the meantime we look forward
To the next year’s cavalcade.
Now, the cherries can delight us
And we dance ‘Sardane’ instead.


23rd April
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Ceret, Salle de L’Union
Place du Barrí
Ceret, 66400 France
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