There is a large gypsy community in Arles and many of its members are settled there. Every May, they are joined by travellers from across Europe who come on pilgrimage to Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer in honour of their patron saint Sara.
This community kept very much to themselves for a long time, upholding their traditions and rituals, and demonstrating a truly festive spirit, which is what won over Lucien Clergue.
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