Basècles Carnival in Beloeil
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This carnival is celebrating its 33rd year and was created by the confrérie des Crocheux basèclois to revive the local sport of crossage. In Beloeil on 01/03/14.
Starting already on Friday evening, the carnival associations begin the festivities in the municipal hall, where the mayor hands the keys to the village over to the president of the Crocheux (crossage players).
On Saturday, it's time for families and the parade! The day begins at 10am with the gathering of members of certain associations.
At 2:30pm the parade sets off from the Grand Place on its way along rue Grande, the village's main street.
It ends at 4:30pm back on the Grand Place. Children then start the first rondeau dance with the musicians. Afterwards the groups and brass bands disperse.
But don't worry, they don't go home. They go into the village and guarantee the atmosphere in bars and cafes.
At around 10:30pm, everybody is invited to the Grand Place for the final rondeau dance and the eagerly awaited firworks display.
But what about the crossage? What is it?
On Wednesday, all the Crocheux spread out in teams of three throughout the village. the rules of the game are simple: one team starts to "chole" with their macroches (clubs), while the other team attemps to "déchole".
In short, the first team tries to reach the barrel that a landlord has placed outside his cafe by hitting the cholette (wooden egg) with their macroches, while the other team tries to prevent them from doing so.
The number of hits of strokes is limited and the loser buys a round of drinks in a festive atmosphere.
The game of crossage marks the end of the carnival activities on 05/03/14, discover it!
- website : http://www.carnavaldebasecles.be
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