The Chinel Carnival at Fosse-la-Ville
A traditional carnival festivities with a parade, music and astonishing costumes. In Fosse-la-Ville in March 2013.
Descended from the famous "Polichinelle" and his cousin "Pulcinella" of the Commedia dell'Arte, the Chinels of Fosses-La-Ville owe their fame to both their ancestors and the fascinating costumes they wear today.
They are outstanding with their two exaggerated rounded humps. And their sumptuous, vibrantly coloured silk and satin garments shimmer and jingle to the rhythm of their dances and devilish capers, (cabrioles), and to the tune of the four "tunes of Chinel".
The parade marches on to the deafening beat of the drums and the wild tunes played by the "Pierrots" musicians. The Chinels are preceded by the "Little Chinels" who weave among the Stiltwalkers and the trench diggers whose bodies are covered in leaves.
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