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Carnival of Binche

Spanning three days before Ash Wednesday in Binche, Belgium, the Carnival of Binche has a long history tracing back to the 14th century, and is a Unesco recognised folkloric event. Shrove Tuesday will see up to a thousand Gilles, dressed in joker costumes, as well as Peasants, Pierrots and Harlequins, march to the rhythm of drums and viola. Spare a hand to catch the oranges thrown by parade characters for good luck. Pre-carnival activities include days of drum rehearsals and lavish gala events complemented by orchestra performances.

Earlier Event: December 22
Edinburgh's Hogmanay
Later Event: May 1
Stars of the White Nights