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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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13/02/2016>16/02/2016 > Folklore and Tradition - Carnival in Nivelles · NIVELLES

One of the most eagerly awaited folklore events of the year! A large colourful carnival, and four days of festivities, in Nivelles from 08 to 11/03/14!...
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14/02/2016 > The Great Bonfire at Bouge · BOUGE

Large bonfires are a major part of our tradition. Come and burn the Bonhomme hiver (Winter man) and celebrate the start of spring in Bouge on 22/02/2015....
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19/02/2016>06/03/2016 > Carnival - Folklore and Traditions in La Roche-en-Ardenne · LA ROCHE-EN-ARDENNE

In the last 30 years, La Roche-en-Ardenne has become one of the highlights of carnival in Wallonia. In La Roche-en-Ardennes, from 28 to 30/03/14!...
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04/03/2016>06/03/2016 > Carnival - Folklore and traditions in Tournai · TOURNAI

This carnival, based on creativity and imagination is always a themed festival. But most of all, it's a popular celebration. In Tournai on 28 and 29/03/14!...
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04/03/2016>06/03/2016 > Carnival - Folklore and Traditions in Florenville · FLORENVILLE

Experience the 64th cavalcade! Not just a folkloric tradition, it's a moment to share in a party atmosphere! In Florenville from 28 to 30/03/14!...
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05/03/2016>07/03/2016 > Blanc Moussis Carnival - Laetare in Stavelot · STAVELOT

The Blanc Moussis (clad in white) are the icons of this traditional Carnival. Discover these characters in Stavelot in March 2015!...
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06/03/2016 > The Carnival of the Bears in Andenne · ANDENNE

A bear carnival? Don't worry, the bear is the town's emblem and the carnival's mascot. Discover both without further hesitation in Andenne in March 2015!...
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