Pageant of the Golden Tree 2007 (Praalstoet van de Gouden Boom) Bruges (Brugge), Belgium
This gallery is about the Pageant of the Golden Tree (Praalstoet van de Gouden Boom) which takes place only every five years in Bruges (Brugge), Belgium. Central theme is the “Tournament of the Golden Tree”, organized on the occasion of the marriage of Charles the Bold, Duke of Burgundy and Count of Flanders (Karel de Stoute, Bourgondische Hertog en Graaf van Vlaanderen) to the English princess Margareth of York July 3, 1468 in Damme, Belgium. The age-old legend of the Golden Tree is also acted out as well as a more modern historical representation of the history of Flanders with special attention to the role of the municipal magistracy, the guilds and the corporations in their battle against the ruling sovereigns. But in the first place, the pageant, which lasts about 2 hours, is a very colourful and enchanting event with some 2,000 actors, six giants and twelve floats. The organizers are to be congratulated for flawlessly organizing such an exquisite, colorful and very impressive spectacle. The Pageant drew about 100,000 spectators (thanks to the nice weather) and is becoming one of the biggest Pageants in Europe. Please note that Original formats are not enabled to protect my images from theft. To further protect my images they are watermarked. Watermarks will not appear on prints or gifts/merchandise you buy!