PAUSE FOR INSPIRATION


PARTY AT THE DUNKIRK CARNIVAL

A tradition from the 17th-18th Century that is still dear to the Dunkerquois people.

A tidal wave of craziness, a sea of colours, an ocean of human kindness; yes indeed, the Dunkirk Carnival has all those things.

 

Dressed up, disguised and having fun: the town of the famous pirate Jean Bart parties hard for three months (February to April).

 

Find out here soon David's tips for a successful experience

TO COME ALONG YOU HAVE TO TAKE THE PLUNGE!

EVERY GOOD CARNIVAL-GOER MUST HAVE:

-       A good « clet'che » (costume)

-       A hat made and decorated at home

-       A furry coat that is well-decorated

-       Carefully-applied make-up

-       Lots of accessories 

OUR ADVICE FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE EXPERIENCE
---Do--- ---Don't---
  • Plan a really great « clet'che »!
  • If you are going to a ball, take a light « clet'che » because it gets hot indoors.
  • On the other hand, for the parades (in the streets), make sure your « clet'che” keeps you warm!
  • Learn the chants in advance, especially Hommage au Cô and Cantate à Jean Bart. They are real favourites.
  • Don’t turn up without a costume, make-up or a mask.
  • Don’t leave the parade when it is in full swing!
  • Military, police and religious costumes are strictly prohibited!
  • Don’t drink too much as it could be dangerous for you...and others.

WHERE TO SLEEP? WHERE TO EAT? WHAT TO SEE?

STAYING IN THE DUNES DE FLANDRE


During the time of the Carnival, our accommodation sites are very busy. Contact the Tourist Office and reserve yours early.

FIND A GREAT PLACE TO EAT


Between the chapel and the parades or between the parades and the balls, remember to pop into one of our eateries…

MORE TO DISCOVER


Aside from the Carnival, Dunkirk and its surrounding area is bursting with museums, activities and days out


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