Carnival, folklore and tradition in Nivelles

  • Folklore and Tradition
Event planned for the month of March 2020
Dates and programme may be subject to change.

One the most looked forward folkloric traditions in the year! This vibrant carnival is the most important in the Walloon Brabant region.

Over 700 persons will dress as traditional characters (Gilles, peasants, Pierrots, Harlequins...) will walk through the city, offering oranges to the public. Look down, they all wear wooden clogs, the sound against the ground adding a beat to the orchestras joining the procession.

The Sunday cavalcade (with new floats every year), as cheerful and colourful, is sure to delight children and adults alike.

The program

Saturday: the children's carnival

The events will leave from the station at 14:30. The procession features the following groups: T'Chapelles (La Viole), the Corps Musical Nivellois, The Ecole de Tambours, the Char du Cirque (Bam Bam ASBL) with clowns and children in fancy dress.

The Waux-Hall show, at 4 pm, is for children aged 3 to 12. Two Carnival Kings and 2 Carnival Queens will then be chosen: the best disguises will win.

Sunday: the cavalcade

The Carnival procession will leave from the station beginning of the afternoon: the folkloric groups, giant puppets and ménagerie first, at 14:00, followed by the Gilles associations' floats at 15:00. Expect a rain of confetti!

The groups will perform rondeaux (a form of medieval and Renaissance poetry, which can be sung) from 18:00 to 19:00

Monday: the schools' carnival and the Aclot carnival

Aclots is the name given to those born and bred in Nivelles.

14:00 to 16:00: the schools' carnival will take place on Place E. Delalieux. Rondeaux by the Gilles and distribution of oranges. The Aclot carnival takes over at 19:45-21h15: the Gilles, peasants, Pierrots, Harlequins will be welcomed with pyrotechnic effects. 21:15 Rondeau on the Grand Place and bonfire


The different guilds go around collecting coins in the afternoon, the day concludes at 20:00 with fireworks.

A pure moment of joy.





Event planned for the month of March 2020
Dates and programme may be subject to change.
The information provided is an indication only. We advise you to inquire directly with the organisers of the event that interests you before you leave.