I have to admit that we found this interesting tradition passing through Sète. It is held every year on the Feast of St. Llis in the Royal Canal. They have been doing it since the year 1666 and this year was the 268th edition. It is a medieval style combat, with spear and shield. But the warriors are on horses, but on the stern of fishing boats. The loser falls to the water and possibly a good bruise if he fails to be well covered with the shield. A colorful spectacle, attracting a lot of spectators and nobody can deny that it is quite original.
Sète is a peculiar city that's famous for its canals and is also the largest fishing port in the Mediterranean.