Carnaval de Binche is an annual carnival event in the Town of Binche, Belgium. This year (2014) is the 10th year anniversary of the Carnaval de Binche’s recognition as a Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO and it is by far the only one on the list around Northwestern European region. The small town of Binche is located in the Province of Hainaut (approximately 1 hour train ride south west of Brussels). This town has only about 35, 000 inhabitants, however the carnaval attracts about 5 times of the town’s population. It is the grandest and oldest Carnaval in Belgium.
The Carnaval de Binche has parades and parties starting Friday to Tuesday of the first week of March. The main event, of course, is the Mardi Gras a.k.a fat tuesday or in Binche it is “Shrove Tuesday”. I was only able to come on the Shrove Sunday parade. Nonetheless, it was still an amazing experience.