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Marche-en-Famenne's Grosse Biesse carnival

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

This carnival finds its origin in a picturesque, heart-warming character called Gugusse. Get to know him better in Marche-en-Famenne this season: the carnival guarantees 5 full days of festivities.

Taking a stroll through the capital of the Famenne region, you will discover the surprising story of the Grosse Biesse (or large beast, similar to a dragon), who gave its name to the carnival. Many more picturesque creatures join the festivities: Grand Georges (the last bell ringer of the city), Grand Mautchî (who used to be called, until 1995, the Carnival Prince)

This year's program

Friday, March 1

  • Night walks: information on the local shops' windows, where you can also sign up for the excursions.
  • Martine à la Biesse evening: the first persons to join disguised as Martine will receive a Win4Life.

Saturday, March 2

  • Piratatouille: show for the whole family
  • Procession of the local guilds
  • Induction ceremony of the Grande Mautchwesse
  • Lady Cover concert in the evening

Sunday, March 3

  • Entertainment by the Gilles
  • Carnival procession
  • Evening party under the marquee

Monday, March 4

  • Inquisitional Tribunal
  • Evening Feast of the Gilles

Tuesday, March 5

  • Procession of the Gugusse
  • Burning of the Gugusse's "Bag of tricks"
  • Fancy dress evening
  • Burning of the Gille's hump

    The local guilds and associations also take part in the event, and this since 1960. Folklore is very much alive in Marche-en-Famenne.

     

    Schedule

    Event planned for the month from February to 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.