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Medieval traditions still live on

The Marseillan water jousting team in action

Jousting tournaments are a sport firmly rooted in the Midi’s local identity and regional heritage. The first Languedoc jousts were held at Agde for the arrival of the Duke of Montmorency in the 1600’s. Fishermen or sailors attached to their land, farmers with one foot in the sea, the people of Agde have always celebrated the summer festivals on the River Hérault. In the beginning, it was made up of married men's boat versus young men's boat and has since become the "red" and the "blue".

The jousters stand on a wooden platform on their boats. As the two competing boats draw level with each other, each jouster, protected by their shield, uses their lance to push his opponent off the platform and into the water. The exact rules of the contest vary from region to region. Wherever you decide to see it however, you can be sure of an unforgettable spectacle!