The Binche Carnival i

Clown-like performers known as Gilles take part in a carnival parade in the streets of Binche, on Shrove Tuesday, on Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche Carnival tradition is one of the most ancient and representative of Wallonia and inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. AFP Photo/Belga Photo/Benoit Doppagne)

By : Reuters & AFP | on 5:15 PM February 18, 2015
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The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles.

Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Philippe Petit, 67, who is preparing for his 61st carnival as Gilles of Binche as a member of the group "Les Incas", is dressed by Jean-Luc Werrion before taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, is dressed by members of his family before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, is dressed by members of his family before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, is dressed by members of his family before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, is dressed by members of his family before taking part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, left, a three-year-old boy and  the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, left, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, walks on his way to the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is the biggest and the liveliest annual event in Belgium. Up to 1,000 Gilles parade in the city centre of Binche, wearing a red, yellow and black medieval costume hung with bells and decorated with fluffy lace at the neck, wrists and ankles. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Hugo Belleri, left, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, takes part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Hugo Belleri, left, a three-year-old boy and the youngest Gilles of Binche, takes part in the parade of Young Gilles of Binche during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Belgian police stay next to the Gilles of Binche ahead of the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Belgian police stay next to the Gilles of Binche ahead of the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Clown-like performers known as Gilles take part in a carnival parade  in the streets of Binche, on Shrove Tuesday, on Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche Carnival tradition is one of the most ancient and representative of Wallonia and inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. AFP Photo/Belga Photo/Benoit Doppagne) Clown-like performers known as Gilles take part in a carnival parade in the streets of Binche, on Shrove Tuesday, on Feb. 17, 2015. The Binche Carnival tradition is one of the most ancient and representative of Wallonia and inscribed in 2008 on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. AFP Photo/Belga Photo/Benoit Doppagne)

Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Gilles of Binche parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) A Gille of Binche throws an orange while taking part in the parade during the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Children dressed as Pierrot dance around flares during the Rondeau at the Carnival even in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Children dressed as Pierrot dance around flares during the Rondeau at the Carnival even in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)

Gilles of Binche dance around flares during the Rondeau at the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015.  (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman) Gilles of Binche dance around flares during the Rondeau at the carnival event in Binche Feb. 17, 2015. (Reuters Photo/Yves Herman)


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