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In a lot of towns of Provence residents dress up in traditional costumes for celebrations but in Arles this tradition is special. The Arlesian costumes are famous for their delicacy, elegance, and originality, and back in the day, they were the most fashionable in the region since they followed trends directly from Paris. Once a year, on the first Sunday of July, Arles holds its Costume Festival where hundreds of people put on their most splendid vestment. It's definitely the most picturesque event of the year and a true dance of colours and textures. The Arlesians are very protective about their traditions so once every three years they choose their Queen of Arles, a beautiful woman that can represent the local language, costumes, and traditions. During the Costume Festival, she makes her annual speech. The presence of the Queen and her Maids of Honour is an essential part of any festivity in the town just like the bull fights, the music, and the aïoli.