Tuesday, September 09, 2014


September 9, 2014

With the Smurfs taking over New York and Tintin making his mark in Hollywood, Brussels has a lot to be proud of. All the comic strip heroes from Brussels and Belgium were out and about, creating a fantastic atmosphere to celebrate their great success.

Brussels has spent the weekend revelling all its comic strip glory at the Place des Palais and all around the city in particular at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre guided visits and comics exhibitions took place. The Balloon’s Day Parade, comic strip animations, comic strip themed dinner, night time events and the Balloon's Day Parade with its cartoonesque gentle inflatable giants was parading in all their splendour along the streets of Brussels center.

I wanted to see at least a little bit of this event and went to the place in front of the  Royal Palace. I just arrived when the parade was ready to start to go through the city.

The police was standing there twiddling their thumbs or chatting in their smart phones. They had nothing to do, but watch the balloons.

It started here

and these were the most famous figures

Here they arrived

seen from the front

and from the back

Even the Atomium was swinging in the air

There were already lots of people waiting for the start.

and the different bands started to play and move

Although I had to take all the pictures out of my car because it was impossible to find a parking space, I have got a nice overview of this event. The last festival had been in 2011, but because of its success it will probably take place each year from now on.


Fun60 said...

What a colourful parade. The children must have loved seeing those huge balloon characters.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful and fun shots.

Little Wandering Wren said...

Looks a fun event - always great to see what's happening in Brussels these day - oh and those fantastic cobblestones who could forget. They dug up our street in Sterrebeek one day it took months to relay the cobblestones it was like one massive jigsaw puzzle. Sorry have rather gone off your wonderful colourful cartoon photos!
Wren x

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

better for police to be twiddling their thumbs than to have an incident. I see Garfield.

Gracie said...

Beside Carnival parades, we have nothing similar here...but it would bge nice


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