herring procession


A curious festival held in the Middle Ages by the chapter of Rheims, France, at the beginning of Lent. The canons went in single file from the cathedral to Saint Remi, each dragging a herring, symbol of abstinence, and trying to put his foot on the one dragged by the next canon ahead of him.

MLA Citation

  • “herring procession”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 9 August 2013. Web. 25 February 2021. <>