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Folklore And Tradition : Carnival

Carnival in Binche - the Gilles of Binche

Carnival in Binche - the Gilles of Binche
© Bertrand Empain

The Carnival of Binche is a UNESCO masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Heritage. Over 900 Gilles await you in Binche in March 2015!
Take part in this extraordinary folkloric, human and social event! You will discover a folkloric event, born from a long oral tradition, which is a genuine rite and gives participants the sensation of being unique.
Moreover, according to the people of Binche and the famous expression, "There's only one Binche"...
Shrove Sunday
From 9am: Cross-dressers, viols and drums animate the town.
From 3pm: Place Eugène Derbaix - The Carnival parade sets off.
Shrove Monday
From 10am: Youth parade accompanied by viols.
From 4pm: Grand-Place - Rondeau of friendship.
From 7pm: Place Eugène Derbaix - Fireworks display.
Shrove Tuesday - Mardi Gras
From sunrise: The Gilles, peasants, Pierrots and harlequins animate the town.
From 8:30am: The iconic wax masks appear and reception at the town hall.
From 3pm: Parade and rondeau on the Grand-Place.
From 8pm: Illuminated night-parade and rondeau.
From 9:30pm: The Grand-Place is ablaze.
As for the rest of the festivities (drums and percussion, balls and "Nuit des Trouilles de Nouilles" Horror Night...) : more information will follow!


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We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.