Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ascension Mania

So I'm going retro here a little with some pics from Brugge's Ascension Day procession on May 21, more specifically--Procession of the Holy Blood. This was a Catholic procession to rival all processions, an endless stream of costumed locals, with no shortage of sheep herds, horses (of unusual size), dogs, camels, leather sandals and orange spray tans. And of course the procession-ee of honor, the Holy Blood itself, said to be brought back trimphantly from the Crusades by the Count of Flanders in 1150.
I was sniffling from a leftover virus through the event, menacing horses and all, but it was completely worth it to experience this local gem court-side.

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