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ZINNEKE PARADE - BRUSSELS JUNE 08

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All we can say is...these Brusselonians sure like their parades.

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This was called the Zinneke Parade .....translated from the French site:  "it is a social and artistic project which invites each and everyone to develop its creativity.  It is also a whole human festival 100%, without amplification nor engines."   

.......and creative they were!  Artsy ones:

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very bazaar:

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funny ones,

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colorful ones:

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They love their stilts here too!

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Look closely at the photo on the left above - there is a child on stilts and then in the back a man on a double stilt. 

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They have a different theme each year.  As far as we could decipher - this year the theme was "the sea and water".

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It was a dangerous parade for D.  A very big monster knocked his glasses off his head into the crowd.  Did I mention his REALLY good glasses?  Fortunately two ladies walking by saw them and picked them up.  He was so lucky as the streets were wall to wall crowds.

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He also got his foot stepped on by a "specially-abled" artist.  The artists were a real mix, men, women, very young to very old, even specially-abled.  The artists were very active with the crowds and did such stunts as painting faces and spraying people with water.  The situation where the specially-abled boy (Downs syndrome) stepped on D's foot was very cute.  The boy did it very gently and then laughed and laughed.

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At the very end, the parade closed with the "Final Jump".  Here we are gathered with the group for the final jump.  Img_7687_2

What is the final jump you ask - translated from their site:  "a photograph of all the paradeurs in full jump! Large and small, tired and unchained, all the participants will jump - in the street - in a sudden explosion of energy, to exceed gravity. What to make while jumping? It is a free choreography! Each one is free to imagine its Jump. The important thing is to take off!"

We were "hanging" with the crowd for the Final Jump - See D in action for his final "jump":

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and here is the sponsors photo we found on their website - yep, there we are!  D is pretty clear - black coat with hand in the air.....look closely to see me  :  ) 

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