Monday, September 19, 2011


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Under the name "Folklorissimo" a big festival took place on the Grand'Place in Brussels.

On Saturday I went there to have a look. Despite the grey and cold weather, there was a very cheerful atmosphere !!

an overlook on the Grand'Place. There was a lot to eat and drink. Beer flowed in streams !

Different Brotherhoods or Guilds had there stands and served food or drinks

The street to Manneken Pis was packed with tourists

People danced on the place

even the giants were dancing

one of many bands are waiting for their performance

Manneken Pis was carried through the crowd

See the moustached man on the bottom right ? He had a little pump which he activated and Manneken Pis sprinkled over the people, which caused a lot of laughter when the people jumped in the air by surprise !

Pictures of his costumes were exposed, he has over 300 costumes, offered by the countries of the whole world.

The Brotherhood of the Moustaches, on the beer pumps !

The Brotherhood of "Kiekefretter" which litteraly means "Chicken gobblers" served roasted chicken of course

for more posh gourmets also oisters were available

The giants were waiting for walking around

which they did

there also was the lady giant dancing with a man !

a little video just to show you the cheerful atmosphere !


Sylvia K said...

What a fun looking day!! I love events like this! Such colorful costumes and your captures are terrific, Gattina! Hope your week is off to a great start!


Unknown said...

What a great day!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful ! Thank you very much for your effort and this great journey.
Please have a good Tuesday.

daily athens

eileeninmd said...

Thanks for sharing this fun day! I love all the photos and the giants. And I would love to try the beer. Great photos, have a wonderful week!

LifeRamblings said...

looks like a fabulous event. thanks for the wonderful journey.

Carver said...

That looks like a fun festival. You did a great job capturing it with your camera.

Kay L. Davies said...

It looks like a great festival, Gattina, and everyone seems to be having fun (except one woman, who looks very unhappy). However, I wouldn't have enjoyed it because I have never liked those "giants" — they scare me, they really do. I don't even like photos of them.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Indrani said...

Interesting fun shots.
I like the little video put up.

Reader Wil said...

Thank you for this fun post! How cheerful and how beautiful these buildings around the square are!
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Loree said...

The Mannekin Pis has more outfits than I do :) It looks like a fun festival. The architecture of Grand Place is beautiful.

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genie said...

I love it, I love it, I love it!!!! I want to get on the plane right now, fly to Paris, rent a car again, and sad straight for Belgium. I only went to Ypres because my back condition started acting up and I had to fly home ASAP. The square in the photos reminds me of the square in Ypres...but on a MUCH larger basis. Oh, how I adored Ypres. I spent a week there going to WWI sites...stayed in a mom and pop tiny hotel and drank the best beer next door. What a wonderful country you have. It is heaven. I adored this post. genie

Lifecruiser Travel said...

Such wonderful festival to visit, I wish we had more of them over here. Love the Brotherhood of the Moustache the most I think. *giggles*

Jackie said...

The festival looks like a lot of fun, and I liked the video. We have had a European Market visit our town a couple of times and the different food stalls are very interesting, good to try something new and different, though I can do without the oysters.

Amanda said...

There often seems to be something happening in the Grand Place! Love those giants

Red Nomad OZ said...

I'm betting the beer brotherhood were the most popular that day!! They would have been downunder in Australia, anyway!!

Ian Culpin said...

Hi Gattina, I live close by to you in Genval, I am also a long standing expat of 35 years. I recognize many of the areas you visit, especially the SE of England as my Mother still lives nearby Eastbourne.
Even though I know the places so well your blogs are charming and refreshing.
Thank you

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