125 years: Union Saint-Gilloise celebrates anniversary with Zwanze Parade

125 years: Union Saint-Gilloise celebrates anniversary with Zwanze Parade
The second 'Zwanze Parade' charity walk organised by Belgian football team Royale Union-Saint-Gilloise. Credit: Belga / Nicolas Maeterlinck

The football club Union Saint-Gilloise blew out its 125th candle on Sunday in the good mood of the second edition of the "Zwanze Parade", a joyful alliance between the football club, its supporters, its youth school and Brussels folklore.

With fanfare and to the rhythm of the majorettes from Moulbaix, the parade started from Les Marolles, winding its way between the Porte de Hal and the Place Van Meenen in Saint-Gilles. There, an enamelled plaque took up residence, symbolically marking this anniversary at the place where the club was founded in 1897.

The procession then headed to the Marien stadium for the match between Union and Seraing. Along the route, fans passed by beer stands and food trucks for refreshments. A raffle of shirts signed by the players was also organised.

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The profits from the event, supported by the municipality of Saint-Gilles and the City of Brussels, will go to support the women's teams of the youth school of the Union Saint-Gilloise. "We want to invest in women's football for young people in order to grow gradually", commented Union CEO Philippe Bormans.

Fans and participating brewers emphasised the joyful atmosphere of the festivities, which were characterised by folklore and local gastronomy. "Although the weather is not with us, people are happy and the atmosphere is good," concluded Jean from the Cantillon brewery.

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