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Broom Festival


Roquebrune village, the cradle of our modern town, perches on a clifftop almost 300 m above the sea. Legend says that its precarious position is the result of an earthquake in the 7th century. A violent tremrocked the whole area and the slope that sheltered Roquebrune began hurtling down towards the sea. Miraculously, the huge rocks came to a halt halfway down and so the village was spared. A little wild shrub covered in golden flowers – a broom –  had been pushed down the slope and managed to single-handedly arrest the fall and save the village. That's why the end of June each year sees a celebration of the humble broom. Children parade in costumes decorated with these yellow flowers and one of the first open-air dances announces the arrival of summer in the village.

 
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