Saint Nicolas is a student chosen by the pupils at St Michel College
Photos: Saint Nicolas Fribourg
Comité de la St-Nicolas
Saint-Nicolas à Fribourg
In one of Switzerland's most important customs, Saint Nicholas, patron saint of Fribourg, rides his donkey from St Michel College to the Saint Nicolas Cathedral. The parade, outlawed in 1763, was revived in 1906 by students from St Michel who took their private celebration back to the city streets. The parade is simple: Saint Nicolas, his helpers, the college marching band and a group of singers. All the participants are students. Yet thousands pack the streets to carry on the tradition.