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Celebration of Catherine Segurane

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ImageThe story behind this festival is rather amusing. The Turkish armies were about to attack Nice in 1543, when they were greeted by the sight of a washerwoman named Catherine Segurane's bare backside which apparently scared them away. She was then honored by being named the patron saint of Nice and her memory is honored annually by a mass at the Sainte Reparate Cathedral. There is then a march which leaves from the church and bestows a garland at Catherine's memorial site.

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