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Folklore And Tradition : Carnival

Carnival - Folklore and traditions in Tournai

Carnival - Folklore and traditions in Tournai
© WBT / Alex Kouprianoff
  • Opening periods
    • from Friday 4 March 2016 to Sunday 6 March 2016 (Only on: Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
    • Address:
      7500 TOURNAIBelgium
    • MAPS: Google Maps

    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!

    The carnival is one of the major events of the year and has existed since 1981. What's so special about it? It changes!

    The brotherhoods, associations and floats travel through the streets and provide Saturday's entertainment.

    On the programme:

    Shows, music, masquerade and great ball at the Halle aux Draps. The Nuit des Intrigues (Night of Intrigues) kicks off festivities, with its sound and lights show in a closed part of town.

    On Sunday morning, the brotherhoods go on a tour of the cafés.

    Children will love:

    The releasing of balloons on Saturday afternoon at 5pm and the throwing of the Pichous.

    The throwing of the Pichous takes place from the top of the belfry at 6pm.

    But what are Pichous?

    Pichous are a delicious sugar biscuit that has been part of the carnival for over 20 years. It resembles a little naked man, as a nod to the naked man of the Saint-Piat neighbourhood.

    The throwing of the Pichous precedes the burning of the Carnival King: a large bonfire around which children dance to the sound of drums!

    The soumonces take place on 10 March!

    For more detailed information, please contact the Carnaval de Tournai ASBL non-profit organisation.


    • tel. : +32 (0) 476 92 28 28
    • website :

    PLUSTourist information on the town TOURNAI



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    We are not responsible for any changes in dates and/or programmes. Please contact the organiser prior to departure.