Photographer's Note

The previous picture illustrated gille costume. Here, one can see several hats of gille made up of feathers of ostriches and heavy +/- 3 or 4 kilos.
The tradition also wants that the Gilles launch blood oranges (of Spanish origin) only during the procession of the afternoon of Mardi Gras in Binche. At Nivelles(where the photograph was taken), the Gilles go out 2 days... Sunday and Monday after Mardi-Gras. The morning, when the Gilles get dressed at the small hours of the night, the habit is also to eat oysters with champagne. The remainder of the day, the gille always made thirsty by beat its shoes, is satisfied in general with a good Belgian beer. During the morning, the Gilles are received by the communal authorities and in Binche, it ravel even with a wax mask, which him cannot be carried in the other cities.
To finish the carnival, there is the final rondo and the dance of burns bump around a fire consuming an old costume of gille. That symbolizes, like many carnivals, the end of the winter...
Taking part in the carnival of Nivelles this weekend, there will be work, snow having covered all the country today...

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Additional Photos by Fred LION (Rockyboy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2427 W: 596 N: 3362] (20598)
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