Parade of "the years"

Last week I explained the existence of "the men of the years" in Leuven...organisations for each age of men. The fair is still going on in Leuven and previous weekend the parade of all the years happend throughout the city.  The weather was brilliant so lots of people were outside.

Organised by blocs (bloc 2 for the men of 1922, 1932, 1942, 1952, 1962 and 1972  , bloc 2 for the men of 1923, 1933, ....) and alternated with lots of different types of marching bands.....some proudly marching, some getting a ride in a cool car , others half dancing or simply walking by nonchalantly...dozens and dozens of men coming by.

There was a Dutch would have never guessed

the cutest hats!

Our beautify city hall


Brian Miller said…
what is the big guy? is there significance? the drum line looks pretty cool...
Goofball said…
@Brian: in all flemish folkloric parades there is giants going along, usually representing something out of local history. We tend to show them off on world fair's or so.

I looked it up and this one is called "cow shooter", a nickname for people from Leuven as they would have shot on cows instead of the French during a battle in the 17th century. This giant has been registered in the official register of inhabitants of Leuven ;)

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