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Shrove tuesday

Shrove Tuesday begins with the dressing-up, a family moment, when the Gille wears its traditional costume.
From dawn, equipped with its Ramon for the dance, the first Gille will leave its home with a drummer and sometimes a joueur de caisse. Accompanied by friends and parents, he will pick up at specific neighborhood the others Gilles of its society. Most of the time, the arrival at a Gille’s home is accompanied by a fife or clarinet tune.

Around 7.00am the societies are finally brought together and then go eating oysters and champagne.

At 8.30 am and during all morning the societies of Gille, of Peasants and fantasies (Harlequin and Pierrots) meet up on the Grand-Place. The Gilles and the peasant wear their mask of wax. They are received at the city of hall by the local authorities to get their jubilee medals.
Around noon, all participants get back to their home for lunch.

At 3.00pm the procession starts from the intersections of Battignies. Then it crosses the Charles Deliège avenue to get to the Grand-Place for forming a rondeau there. It is during the procession that the participants offer their oranges and that the Gille wears his ostrich feather hat.  The society are accompanied by drums and music

About 20.00 pm, the night procession starts following the same path than the afternoon procession by the Bengali fire gleam. The baskets are empty and the Gilles have taken off the hat

Around 21.00pm, the Grand-Place sets ablaze with fireworks which ends up the Carnival with a « Plus Oultre » (a Charles Quint meaning always further) lighted to finish off the Carnival.  The societies will continue to dance all night long in the rhythm of the drums but everyone has to be home before dawn

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