Folklore - Les Echasseurs (The Waders)

Since 1411, two teams of waders from Namur have faced each other relentlessly. On one side, there are the Mélans of the old town with their yellow and black stilts. On the other, there are the Avresses from outside the walls with their red and white stilts.

 

Their spectacular battles have enchanted Emperors and Kings: Charles V, Louis XIV, Peter the Great of Russia, Napoleon… all have witnessed the wading battle by the Waders of Namur

 

Nowadays, the two teams are always organising battles and participate in many events and processions in Namur, Belgium and worldwide.

Rue Saint-Jacques 22-32, 5000 Namur, Belgique

http://www.echasseurs.org

See also

Les Cup’Inn
Architectural Heritage - Hôtel Gaiffier d’Hestroy
Maison des Desserts
Provincial Museum of the Ancient Arts of Namur – Treasure of Oignies (TreM.a)
Folklore - Les Alfers namurois
Folklore - La Royale Moncrabeau / Les Molons
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