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Manneken-Pis dons shepherd costume for Ommegang festival

The Manneken-Pis will wear the shepherd costume in celebration with the Ommegang festival. Credit: City of Brussels.

The Manneken-Pis will wear a ‘Berger-Bourgeois’ shepherd costume as the 89th edition of the Ommegang procession and festival continues on Friday.

Inspired by the 16th Century Flemish painter, Denis van Asloot, the Manneken-Pis will wear a ‘Berger-Bourgeois’ costume, lifted from one of van Asloot’s paintings, according to a communiqué released by the city of Brussels.  

The costume, which the iconic Brussels statue will wear from 09:00 AM to 22:00, is part of the Ommegang procession and festival, which has taken place in Brussels annually for the past 89 years.

The procession and festival honour the coming of Charles the Fifth to Brussels in 1549 and will include 1,400 actors, folk groups, horses, and puppet theatre, as previously reported.

After the Ommegang has finished, the ‘Berger-Bourgeois’ costume will go on display in the Manneken-Pis museum, alongside the past 1,025 costumes worn by the statue.

Madeleine Fletcher
The Brussels Times