The 139th Brussels Foire du Midi opened early on Saturday afternoon.
The Foire is located between the Porte de Hal and the Porte d’Anderlecht and will run until the 18th of August.
There was a reception at the Town Hall, which was attended by communal MPs and folk groups. Singer Typh Barrow, who is this year’s patron, also attended.The guests then paraded to MannekenPis, who was dressed as Pierrot (a patron of funfairs) for the occasion.
They then headed to the Porte d’Anderlecht for the opening parade at the Foire du Midi itself. Musicians and Miss Brussels candidates were among those who took part.
“I have a real soft spot for the Foire du Midi. Like all Brussels residents, I have been going to it since I was a child,” said Brussels Economic Affairs councillor Fabian Maingain.
“My main objectives are keeping it going and integrating it into our urban fabric. I want to make sure the Foire will still be here for many more years, to keep the tradition going for future generations.”