28 Feb 2017


Villers-la-Ville is a small little town with a total population of 9,572. It is not very far from Brussels and a well liked place to live.

In the north of the village, lie the ruins of the Villers Abbey, which was one of the most important Cistercian abbeys of Europe founded in the 12th Century.

This time I didn't go there to walk amongst the ruins but outside to see the carnival procession, which takes place each year.

Unfortunately the weather was cold and grey and the poor people in their costumes were freezing. But that didn't matter at all, they all had a lot of fun and beer was warming up anyway !

The procession

Monks and a canon to shoot confetti on the public !

The band in the procession

All kind of costumes

The tractor had to pull the carnival wagons

Need a surgery ? here there are surgeons !

The giants of Villers

Beautiful dresses

Clowns and dancers

Doctors, nurses and an "ambulance"

Of course pirates could not be missed

Pigs and cows have fun together

Stewards and pilots in front of an airplane

and the others with fancy costume or masks.

There also was a huge tent with a lot of different food and drinks, and a fancy fair for the kids.

more participants here


Andrew said...

The parade looks like great fun. At least it wasn't raining.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful coverage of the event. Gala time is here.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Gattina - looks wonderful fun to be amongst ... but it was a cold and wet weekend ... so glad you were able to go and enjoy yourselves ... cheers Hilary

Mara said...

Those pigs and cows look quite warm in their costumes. Those stewardesses though...

Klara said...

super Gattina, this year I seem to be missing everything (Chinese new year, Oruro festival, Venise masks in Brussels...)

Lea said...

Festivals are so much fun!
I love the red and black uniforms of the marching band. Hope you are having a great week!

Photo Cache said...

Interesting. What a great tradition.

Worth a Thousand Words

Wendy said...

Looks like a fun day out. Great photos.

mamasmercantile said...

Such a fun day out, some amazing costumes and a lovely tradition.

Loree said...

Nice costumes. It looked like you had fun.

Klara S said...

Interesting post. Nice captures of the parade.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Oh my goodness, such fun. We learned about Mardi Gras (same as Carnaval) when we stayed in Alabama one winter -- it was such fun to celebrate with all the parades and parties. Where we grew up in the Pacific Northwest corner of the USA, we knew nothing about this. We had Lent (I went to Catholic grade school) but no celebration leading up to it. Only the suffering part of it ;>)

Lady Fi said...

Looks like a lot of fun. And what a charming town too.