Belgian costume maker hopes for carnival boom after COVID ‘black hole’

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Reuters UK

By Clement Rossignol and Christian Levaux BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Huge ostrich feather headpieces are one of the costumes made by the Kersten family for Belgium’s celebrated Mardi Gras carnival, and after the event was cancelled due to COVID in recent years, the 120-year-old family business is hoping for a revival. Rooted in the Middle Ages, the Binche carnival, a UNESCO World Heritage event, is one of Europe’s oldest surviving street carnivals and the biggest in Belgium. The oldest and main participants in the carnival are the up to 1,000 Gilles, who wear medieval costumes in the black, red and …

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