La Désarpa (cows parade)
Just like a curtain falls on the scene, the Desarpa ideally closes the summer season in Breuil-Cervinia Valtournenche at the end of September; it is a custom that celebrates the return in the valley from the mountain pastures, where cows are brought to graze in the warmer months of the year.
The real and indisputable protagonist of the Desarpa is in fact the cow, which is carefully brushed and decorated with multi-coloured decorations to return to the valley.
A real and proper parade accompanied by the sound of bells for the real star of the event, the Valdostane, red speckled cow.
The parade, from Breuil to the hamlets of Maen in Valtournenche, is attended by farmers, mountain guides, ski instructors, mountaineers, the various local associations and some residents in traditional costumes.
The entire parade offers small refreshment points along the road, with music and folklore.
The day ends with an outdoor lunch for all and dancing.