In Wallonia, Carnival has a tradition of ancient and popular origin born to celebrate the end of winter and the beginning of spring with a large street party with cheerful processions and masked people.
Many cities jealously preserve their Carnival party, their typical characters such as the Blancs Moussis of Stavelot or the Gilles of Binche recognized as intangible world heritage by Unesco.
The Gilles make their appearance from 4 in the morning until late and dance in the street to the tune of traditional songs. The car running this morning at 5 am – in Strépy-Bracquegnies, La Louviere village in Wallonia – launched itself right on the cheering crowd that had gathered for the passage of the Gilles. In the village today was the date set for the start of the traditional Gilles gathering in which the participants go from house to house. A party that was supposed to continue until March 23, but which was brutally stopped by the crazy car race that resulted in deaths and injuries.