Brussels revelers dress up to remember Renaissance emperor

BRUSSELS: Thousands of revelers wearing medieval helmets, feathers and striped pantaloons paraded through Brussels on Thursday, in a tradition stretching back over half a millennium.

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The Ommegang parade commemorates the arrival of Habsburg Emperor Charles V who, organizers say, ruled over the region at a time of great change when Europe stepped out of the dark ages and more progressive ideas took hold in science, arts and philosophy.

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Many of the performers, who are divided into groups with different roles, have been taking part for years.

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“This is my folklore, it is as simple as that. For me it is very rewarding to be part of a folklore that I heard and saw when I was a kid,” said Benoit Limbos, a pensioner from Brussels who appeared as one of the emperor’s guards.

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Brussels revelers dress up to remember Renaissance emperor

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