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From: 2014.01.20 To: 2014.01.20
The famous Aalst Carnival begins the Sunday before the Christian Lent. Each year a Carnival Prince is given the "keys" to the city and allowed to reign over a hilarious three days of political satire, parading puppets, and broom dances designed to sweep away the winter chill. You don't want to miss the Sunday parade of fanciful floats that are joined by dozens of unofficial participants who mock local and world events. Shrove Tuesday is known as 'Voil Jeannetten' (literally: "the Dirty Jennies"), i.e. men dressed as women. The festivities traditionally end with the burning of the carnival effigy. This 600-year-old ritual draws up to 100,000 spectators and represents the culmination of efforts from across the city and region.