Every year during the first weekend of December, the city of Fribourg honours its patron saint, St. Nicholas, with a special celebration.
In Fribourg, the celebration of St. Nicholas is firmly rooted in tradition. During the afternoon, St. Nicholas is riding through the streets on a donkey and waving to the crowd; his accompanying bogeymen hand out sweets to the children. At the end of his route, the saint holds a speech by highlighting the critical incidents of the past year. There is always a market where traditional pastries and crafts are sold. St. Nicholas was the fourth Century Bishop of Myra (nowadays in actual Turkey) and was distinguished by his charity. He is considered to be the patron of sailors and children as well as one of the most popular saints in the Orient and Occident. Furthermore, he is the patron of the city and the canton of Fribourg.
The parade start officialy at 5 pm.
The route: St. Michael's College - Rue de Romont - Rue de Lausanne - Rue du Pont Muré - stop at the St. Nicholas Cathedral - back to Rue de Lausanne and Rue St-Michel
The speech of St. Nicholas to the "children" of Fribourg is held on the terrasse of the cathedral.
ACTIVITIES DURING the SAINT NICHOLAS EVENT:
Official openig at the Chruch of St Nicholas
at the College St-Michael :
MARKET at the Notre-Dame and Ormeaux Square :
Familiy day at the Bourg district with 20 proposed activities between