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Carnaval in Aalst

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Aalst is famous for its carnival festivities.

When the three-day Aalst Carnaval begins each year on the Sunday before the Christian Lent, it is the culmination of a year of preparation by the inhabitants of this city. Exuberant and satirical, the celebration features a Prince Carnaval, who symbolically becomes mayor and receives the key to the city.

A big parade crosses the city on Sunday, with about 70 groups of costumed volunteers and parade cars. In addition to the carefully-prepared floats of official entrants, informal groups join the festivities to offer mocking interpretations of local and world events of the past year.

This 600-year-old ritual is a Unesco World Heritage.

What to bring
Obviously, your camera or anything that has a camera... Walking shoes, a small backpack with some refreshments and an umbrella or something that protects your gear and yourself in case of rain.

What we will do
Taking shots of the parade, enjoying the atmosphere.

How to get there
1. By Car:
If you come by car then it's best to park your car in the industrial park of Erembodegem. I live in the neighborhood of Aalst so I'll be parked there too.
We can meet at the bus stop called 'Erembodegem Industriepark Zuid' ( ) at 2:30pm, which is near the street corner. If you see the 'ilva' sign (see picture) then you're nearby :-)
A bus will take us to the city of Aalst, for free. We will walk towards Deutsche Bank, to be there at 3:30pm.

2. By train:
There is a train departing from Brussels Central Station at 2:10pm, arriving at 2:48pm in Aalst.
If you come by train, then we can meet in front of the Deutsche Bank (Keizersplein 40, Aalst) at 3:30pm.
It will take about 20 to 30 minutes from the train station to Deutsche Bank.

- The time of your return depends on your mood... There are regular trains towards Brussels, as well as busses to the industrial park.
- Carpooling offers and demands can be posted below.
- If you have other questions, please contact the organizer or start a discussion.