This is one of the events of the life of Tréguier, former capital of the bishopric of Trégor. It is one of the most important traditional pardon in Brittany. It takes place on the 3rd Sunday of May. The shrine containing Saint Yves, patron of Tréguier and men of law, protector of the poor, is carried there in procession.
Yves Hélory de Kermartin was probably born on October 17, 1253 at Kermartin Manor, in Minihy, near Tréguier. Yves was a model priest before being a model lawyer and judge. He astonished everyone by his disinterestedness. This defender of the poor, widows, orphans, has become in the country the vigilante, the rectifier of wrongs. He built a reputation for integrity and kindness that attracted crowds. He gathered sick and beggars in his own house. He died exhausted on May 19, 1303. His tomb soon became a true center of pilgrimage. Many parishes in Brittany have a statue or stained glass window of Saint Yves. Today Saint Yves is the patron saint of lawyers not only in Brittany but in all France and many countries of the world.
His forgiveness brings together thousands of people.