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Each year after Rio and Cologne famous Carnivals have finished their celebrations Nivelles starts its Carnival at the end of February and as it is only 15 km (9 miles) far from Waterloo I took the train instead of my car because that day it's impossible to find a parking space. People are coming from everywhere.
Nivelles' station where the Carnival floats gathered and started their parade. I just arrived in time at 2 pm to take some pictures.
very colorful !
the witches (males and females) attack the spectators with their broom, and twice I was their victime and lost my cap !
Some Arabs tried to fix their "Palm tree"
Maybe this was a Carnival princess
people in costumes
and the famous "Gilles" with their enormous ostrich feather hats coming from the most famous carnival city Binche. (see my post of last year)
Their baskets are filled with oranges
which they throw in the crowd and people try to catch them. After I got nearly one on my glasses and another one hit me at my shoulder, I called my friend Chantal who lives in Nivelles and asked her to get me out of there, which she did and I spent the rest of the afternoon with her outside of all this hurly burly while her sons and friends and girlfriends just left to celebrate the Carnival until early morning.
and the sidewalks show that the Carnival procession had passed by ! It's not snow, but confettis.