Carnival of the "Grosse Biesse"
This carnival originates from a little character called Gugusse. In Marche-en-Famenne in 2014!
However, he's not the only character to take part in the carnival on the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday.
At the heart of the capital of Famenne, we found a surprising legend about a "Grosse Biesse" that gave its name to the carnival!
The carnival of Marche is a mixture of picturesque characters including the 'Grand Georges', last bell-ringer of Marche and the 'Grand Mautchî' who, before 1995, was Carnival Prince.
The history of the carnival of Marche is also linked to local societies that have been participating to the carnival since 1960.
Friday: you can sign up on the shop windows as of 8:30pm.
Saturday: 2pm - Show for children in a large marquee on place de l'Etang. 4pm - coronation of the Grand Mautchî. 8:30pm - concert and ball in the large, heated marquee.
Sunday: 7am - Pick up of the Gilles. 11:15am Rondeau of the Gilles on place de l'Eglise. 2:30pm - 53rd carnival parade. 5pm - Final rondeau. 8pm - Carnival party.
Tuesday 1pm - Gugusse sets off. 7:45pm - Burning of Gugusse's sack of malice. 10pm - Burning of the Gilles' bumps. Midnight - Throw away the masks!
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