Procession of the Holy Blood, Brugge, Belgium
As I said in my last post we were in Brugge on Ascension which mean the Procession of the Holy Blood. It is a big parade that we didn't even know was happening until the place we stayed told us about it. It is always nice to find surprise fun events when traveling! The highlight is a cloth with the blood of Jesus Christ on and the procession includes historical and biblical stories.
Waiting for the procession to start. We wandered downtown early and purchased seats (only a few Euros each!) and so we could show up just before it should start and still have a great view of the festivities. It was really nice to be able to sit right on the edge of the road and watch everything. We also had a great spot were people stopped and performed their stories so we were pretty happy (even though it was really hot in the sun!)
The police come through first and make sure the way is clear. Coming up is just a ton of parade photos. If you don't like parade photos then this isn't the post for you. I am not normally a parade person, but I did enjoy this one. I would go again if we were in Brugge for Ascension.
Lots of dancing
Adam and Eve
Some of the animals didn't want to follow directions
The camels were particularly stubborn. Though there was a baby camel!
The 10 commandments
This holds the cloth with the blood of Jesus
And that was the procession. It was a lot of fun. As I said there were skits performed and they all stopped right where we were sitting so it was great (they did stop often along the route so everyone could see).
The only upsetting/totally not cool thing was they had some of the people in black/brown face. Not cool Belgium, not cool. I think I took most of the photos with it in out of the post, but I might have missed some. I really can't understand why they thought this was okay.