• Folklore and Tradition

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)

The program


  • Night walks: information on the local shops' windows, where you can also sign up for the excursions.


  • Show for the whole family
  • Procession of the local guilds
  • Induction ceremony of the Grande Mautchwesse
  • Concert in the evening


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


  • Inquisitional Tribunal
  • Evening Feast of the Gilles


  • Procession of the Gugusses
  • Burning of the Gugusses' "Bag of tricks"
  • Fancy dress evening
  • Burning of the Gilles' 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.


    COVID-19 : Recreational/tourist travel to and from Belgium is prohibited until 18 April 2021. In accordance with the latest Covid-19 restrictions, most museums, tourist attractions and information centres are now closed in Wallonia, and events cancelled. We do our best to keep our information up to date but it's always best to check with the site you wish to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply a look at their website - to see their latest opening hours and entry conditions. Some will prefer you to book your ticket in advance. Infos
    This information is given for indication purposes only, best to check with the site you hope to visit before heading there - by phone, email, social media or simply by visiting their website.

    Event planned for the month of February 2022 (1)

    (1) Dates and programme may be subject to change.

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