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Daemon
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Festival of the Giants

One of Belgium's more distinctive and colorful pageants, held in Ath (or Aat), highlights the "Marriage of the Giants." The giants—Goliath and his bride, strong-man Samson, a warrior named Ambiorix, and several others—20-foot-tall figures made of wicker and cloth, are paraded through the streets. After they lumber through the streets to the Church of St. Julien, Goliath and his lady are married. Besides the procession, the day is marked by the shooting of muskets, revelry, eating, drinking, and dancing. More...
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http://ducasse-ath.be with a nice ambiant clip

Small and beautiful. I didn't know this festival!
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Folklore And Tradition : Festivities And Folkloric Traditions
Ducasse of Ath - Vespers, Gouyasse and the Procession of the Giants




The ducasse (fair) dates back to the 15th century and stages the famous giants of Ath. One of these giants is no other than the renowned Gouyasse (Goliath), who is the king of the festival. After having taken his pretty fiancée to the altar of St Julien's Church to get married, he fights the tiny David in the afternoon. After the battle, it is time for the tasting of the traditional "mastelles" tart - also known as "Gouyasse" (macaroon and almond tart).

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The following day the spectacular traditional procession will take place in Ath, featuring the town's seven traditional giants, along with mythological floats and a multitude of different groups. A real crowd puller.

The Giants from Ath were recognized as an Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2005.

Moreover, Ath has been named a tourist destination of excellence by the EDEN competition (European Commission) for its intangible and sustainable tourism in 2009.

http://www.opt.be/informations/events-ath-ducasse-of-ath-vespers-gouyasse-and-the-procession-of-the-giants/en/E/19462.html
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Another famous procession of the giants takes place in the city of Lille on Whit-Monday, when more than 100 of these fabulous figures are carried through the streets of the town.
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I don't know if I like the idea of 20 foot tall figurines surrounding me..
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