Louis IX, King of France – better known as St Louis – supposedly stopped off in Cabbé Bay on his way home from the Crusades. Legend has it that he supplicated a relic of Christ, a thorn from the Holy Crown, to get some water. The Spina Santa (épine Sainte – 'holy thorn') spring that supposedly surged up miraculously in the Cabbé neighbourhood is named after this event. By this token St Louis became the neighbourhood's patron saint and a celebration is held in his honour every 25 August, the date of his death.
Organiser the charitable St Louis Club was formed in 1928 with the purpose of "organising festivities...sports...to make their stay more pleasant...and attract visitors and tourists'.