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Folklore And Tradition : Carnival

The Carnival of the Bears in Andenne

The Carnival of the Bears in Andenne
© WBT/ JL Flemal

The story goes that when Charles Martel (brought up in Andenne by his grandmother, St Begge) killed a terrifying bear at the age of nine with his hammer, the animal became the symbolic animal of the town.

It is therefore not surprising that since 1954 it has been the mascot of the Andennes Carnival! Dozens of bears prance along the corso du Laetare, parading among the floats and the Giant Martin II.

Woe betide the imprudent girl who risks being temporarily imprisoned, shaken and pushed in the dreaded "maiden's cage".

At the end of the parade, to the delight of the children present, the King and Queen of the Carnival throw hundreds of little teddy bears into the crowd from the balcony of the Town Hall.

Starts at 2 pm.

Free of charge.


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