A fête is a party in which the entire town shows up to.
There's music and dancers and horses and costumes.
The horses are of the local variety from the Camaruge. They are stocky, elegant and tough working horses.
This one wound through the streets of Arles....
Before ending in the 2100 year old Roman Amphitheater.
Provence has a long history of bull breeding for bullfights, and had developed their riding skills accordingly. The women rode sidesaddle or rump-side, and the cowboys were all serious equestrians. The marshland where the bulls graze is only accessible by a good horse, so they are still very much part of the culture here.
They had a lot of Spanish-influenced dancing and traditional folk dancing.