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Carnival of Dunkirk

Dunkerque Carnaval France

Dunkerque Carnaval France

Dunkerque Carnaval France
Carnival Dunkerque France

Carnival of Dunkirk, French Flanders, one of the oldest in Europe

Dates: main dates are Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th February 2012, although the Carnaval lasts 1+1/2 month, this year from 28th January till 10 March 2012.

Place: Dunkerque/Dunkirk France and its urban community.

The carnival has existed since 17th century. Traditionally, the town's main industry was fishing and Shrove Tuesday was a day when shipping owners laid on a banquet for their fishermen before they set off to Icelandic waters. A good reason to party hard! Today, the Sunday before Ash Wednesday sees a marvellous parade make its way through the town centre under the protection of Reuze Papa and his family.

What to expect: Men dress as women, women are iun fancy dress, there is a herring throwing competition and the nights have dress balls.


History Reuze Papa is a giant figure, beloved by the Dunkirkians (other Flemish towns also have their own giants too) Before Reuz Papa is a drum major dressed as an Imperial grenadier and carnavaleux (carnival people), who carry coloured umbrellas and sing carnival songs.

It is a carnival for Dunkirkers with its own rules and traditions that Dunkirkers have to learn before: what songs, how to march and dance during the parade, and the use of the Dunkerk patois.

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I don't see any reason for you to have this carnival, it is an insult to all us fish who have to be eaten by slobbering monkeys for a month-grow a pair and eat each other

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