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Folklore And Tradition : Carnival

Blanc Moussis Carnival - Laetare in Stavelot

Blanc Moussis Carnival - Laetare in Stavelot
© WBT / Jean-Luc Flemal

The Blanc Moussis (clad in white) are the icons of this traditional Carnival. Discover these characters in Stavelot from 5 to 7 March 2016!
The costume has a very humble origin, it is made up of a simple bed sheet and a pillow case.Topped off with a pointed carrot-nosed mask, this costume has taken on a very different meaning in Stavelot.
It is also a parody of the fifteenth century monks who were forbidden from celebrating the carnival after a period of excessive freedom and laziness.
Starting on Sunday, the Blancs Moussis wander through the town, putting up their irreverent posters. In the afternoon they leap from the parade on their floats and shower the crowds with confetti while flogging them with pork bladders.


The festivities begin on Saturday evening with a procession and a carnival ball at the abbey.
The big procession on Sunday begins at 2pm.
At the end of the procession the Blanc-Moussis gather for a dance on place Saint-Remacle, with confetti. Podiums at the Abbey along with a brass band and concert bands.
At 9pm: large fireworks display followed by "La Nuit Blanche des Blancs Moussis" in the abbey's basements.
Discover this emblematic and traditional carnival!


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