Courmayeur Alpine Guides Festival
- Thursday 15 August 2019
8.45 p.m.: Meet up at the Guides Society, with the Music Band of Courmayeur, costumes and delegations.
9.00 a.m.: Parade through the streets of the village to the cemetery, for a ceremony in remembrance of the Alpine Guides no longer with us. Return through the village streets to the Guides Society.
10.00 Solemn Mass with a blessing of ropes and ice axes.
11.00 a.m.: Parade along Via Roma to Jardin de l’Ange. Roll call of all the Guides. Address to the authorities. Presentation of prizes and awards.
Traditional day dedicated to the Mountain Guides of Courmayeur , a kind of celebration of the mountain and of those who live there, work there or go there for pleasure.
The guides, in historical uniform with wide-brimmed hat, beige suit, rope rolled over the shoulder, ice ax and crampons, march in parade accompanied by the women of Courmayeur in traditional costume and by the Courmayeur-La Salle marching band.
They initially go to the cemetery and after the Holy Mass and the blessing of the ropes and ice axes they parade in the central street to the Jardin de l’Ange for the official ceremony.
August 15 with the mountain guides: tradition, solemnity and elegance.
First company established in Italy and second in the world, the Society of Mountain Guides of Courmayeur was born in 1850 at the behest of the pioneers of such a noble profession who met with the aim of realizing, through a permanent and prestigious institution, an activity which had by then become the cornerstone of mountain tourism.
- traditional parade of the Mountain Guides
- no cost
- women in typical costume
- celebration of the mountain