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Folklore And Tradition : Carnival

Carnival in Binche - the Gilles of Binche

Carnival in Binche - the Gilles of Binche
© Bertrand Empain
  • Opening periods
    • from Sunday 26 February 2017 to Tuesday 28 February 2017
    • Address:
      Office du Tourisme de Binche
      7130 BINCHEBelgium

    • MAPS: Google Maps

    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!


    • tel. : +32 (0) 64 33 67 27
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