The origins of this religious procession date back to the year 1467, when the plague was raging across the Mediterranean region. The terrified inhabitants of Roquebrune – those who had not yet been struck down by the disease – decided to say a novena to the Virgin Mary. On 5 August, the feast day of Our Lady of the Snows and the last day of the novena, the plague ceased. Whether it was divine intervention or a mysterious coincidence, the grateful villagers decided to thank Our Lady every year on that same date with a votive procession. Their cavalcade processes from St Marguerite's Church to La Pausa Chapel, featuring the main scenes from the Passion of Christ.
On Good Friday, another lamp-lit procession presents the same principal characters as the 5 August celebration.