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Calendar of carnivals in Belgium in 2016


Get plenty of ideas for carnival 2016 in Belgium. Browse our calendar of carnivals, Laetares and cavalcades in Wallonie and Brussels.


Carnival festivities in Belgium have forever been anchored in folklore and tradition. The Carnival of Binche and its Gilles have no reason to envy the famous carnivals of Rio, Nice or Venice. The "Cwarmê" of Malmédy and its Haguète take you on a journey of discovery of Wallonia's carnivals. The Blancs Moussis carnival in Stavelot is an unmissable event for the local population.


The carnival parades are best experienced with friends or family throughout Wallonia, with floats, confetti cannons and all sorts of colourfully costumed, masked and face-painted characters. Traditionally, the carnival period starts with the carême, on Shrove Tuesday. Carnival offers everybody the possibility to let their hair down and celebrate while waiting for the end of this festive period.


Discover below our selection of events to celebrate carnival in Wallonia and Brussels:


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06/03/2016 > Laetare Carnival in Tilff · TILFF

Estqblished in 1952, "the Porais Tilffois" folkloric group, adds originality to the Laetare Parade, making it resemble a travelling vegetable garden....
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06/03/2016>08/03/2016 > Carnival of Laetare · LA LOUVIERE

The Laetare festivities begin on Friday with the traditional children's carnival in Baume....
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06/03/2016>07/03/2016 > The Chinel Carnival in Fosse-la-Ville · FOSSES-LA-VILLE

Discover this folkloric group known for its colourful disguises with a hump on the back and one the thorax... In Fosse-la-Ville in March 2015!...
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06/03/2016 > Carnival - Laetare in Froidchapelle · FROIDCHAPELLE

Folkloric celebrations in the Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse region. Each year, a considerable crowd flocks to the centre of Froidchapelle. On 30/03/14!...
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06/03/2016 > Laetare Carnival in Welkenraedt · WELKENRAEDT

Discover this large popular festival which follows the tradition of the great Rhine carnivals. In Welkenraedt, from 28 to 30/03/14!...
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11/03/2016>13/03/2016 > Carnaval du Printemps - Spring Carnival - Folklore and tradition in Rebecq · REBECQ

Come and celebrate spring and experience a festive moment: fun, music, costumes and a parade await you in Rebecq, on 05 and 06/04/14!...
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12/03/2016 > Children's carnival - Folklore and traditions in Ophain · OPHAIN-BOIS-SEIGNEUR-ISAAC

This carnival started 31 years ago with 5 agricultural tractors pulling floats decorated in flowers and garlands. Discover it in Ophain on 08/03/14....
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