About the Carnival in Binche
In 2003, this unique event was recognized by UNESCO as a “masterpiece of humanity’s oral and intangible heritage.”
The exceptionally long tradition makes this carnival completely different, and each year the whole city of Binche is getting ready for it for months.
From the programme
Highlights of the carnival in Binche are the journey of more than 1000 Gilles on Shrove Tuesday.
Day 1 – Shrove Sunday – from 9 am, violas and tambours, disguised, entertain the city, while from 4 pm will be held carnival procession departure.
Day 2 – Shrove Monday – from 10 am, youths are accompanied by viola; from 4 pm starts friendship Rondeau and from 7 pm, the organizers will show fireworks in Eugene Derbaix square.
Day 3 – Shrove Tuesday – there will be a programme that will begin in the dawn – Gilles, Peasants, Pierrots and Arlequins will entertain the city.
Don’t miss wearing the wax masks, procession and rondeau on the grand place and many more.
Observe: Hours and programmes may change.
Check their website/Facebook for updates and the actual programme.
Places to stay
Gite de Binche is a cosy four-bedroom house with a furnished terrace in a landscaped garden.
The train station is only a 10-minute walk from Gite de Binche.
More about Binche
Binche is a place with a vibrant heritage, and all about all the sights to see in the city, you should contact the tourist office staff that will explain to you all about the region, the city and a whole year’s travel offer.
The astonishing thing – that intrigues visitors is the city’s folklore.
Binche is located in the Belgian province of Hainaut and has more than 30.000 people.