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Carnival of Binche

The carnival of Binche is one of the largest and oldest in Europe.

It is dated back to the fourteenth century.

The men in the colorfull costumes are the "Gilles" who walks and dances through the streets to drive away winter and welcome the spring.

The Gilles and the costumes are said to originate from 1549 when a celebration was held by Mary of Hungary for Charles V to celebrate the conquest of Peru by Spanish conquistadores

Read more about the Binche Carnival 

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