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.
The Guides Festival is a kind of celebration of the mountain and those who live there, work there or go there for pleasure. In various places throughout the Val d’Aosta, on 15th August, you can see the Alpine Guides marching in parade on their way to celebrate Holy Mass wearing their ceremonial uniform, with a broad-rimmed hat, coiled rope over their shoulder, ice picks and crampons blessed with holy water.