Next Wednesday, around 4,000 students are expected to be walking around the streets of Namur to celebrate St Nicholas’s Day. The General Student Assembly (AGE) announced that they would be dressed up as superheroes – the chosen theme of this year’s edition. The student procession will leave Place St-Aubain at 2:00 p.m.
As early as 11:00 a.m, a hundred volunteer students will be busy loading barrels, pumps, sound system and decorations to duly honour Saint-Nicholas. During the parade, the inhabitants of Namur will watch six colourful floats escorted by dressed up students marching through the city streets.
It will take the following route: Rue Saintraint, Boulevard Frère Orban, Rue Rampart de la Vierge, Boulevard Mélot, Place de la Station, Avenue de la Gare, Rue Rogier, Rue Jean-Baptiste Brabant, Square Arthur Masson, Avenue Comte de Smet de Nayer, Boulevard Isabelle Brunell, Avenue Golenvaux, Rue de la Tour, Rue Emile Cuvelier, Rue Saint-Jacques, Rue de Bruxelles. It will reach its final destination, Place St. Aubain, around 5:00 p.m.
The General Student Assembly (AGE) recommends the inhabitants of Namur not to park their vehicles in those streets. It advises them to make sure all doors are safely locked and all windows properly shut when they leave their cars. Parking will be prohibited from 6:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m on Place Saint-Aubain.
As regards security, each float will be surrounded by six stewards – on secondment from the circle committees who received specific training – along with two AGE officials.
Free water will be available throughout the event.
After the parade, from 5:00 to 9 :00 pm, students will be able to warm up inside the bunker, located Place du Palais de Justice. From 8:30pm onwards, it will open its doors again and host a festive evening. To gain entry to the event, a student card and a presale ticket will be required.
Lars Andersen (Source: Belga)