Category: The Festival of Giants

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The Festival of Giants – Festival in the nation since 1530.

The Festival of Giants occurs between the last week of June or the beginning of July each year. These giants are not simple statues; they are moving giants! They are made of wood and people carry them around during the festival. The biggest giant and the largest procession in the Nord – the symbol of Douai since 1530. Big is beautiful at Douai’s annual Gayant Festival, largest carnival procession in the region. Time may pass but every year at the beginning of July, the elegant pinnacles of Douai’s impressive bell tower look down on the same scene. The town is packed with people jostling to get a good view of the ‘kings’ of the city – the annual outing of the giants, or ‘gayants’ in local dialect. Floats, costumed characters and bands accompany the cavalcade of figures that date back to the Middle Ages. The Gayant family, consisting of giant’s wife Marie Cagenon and their three children, Jacquot, Fillon and Binbin, are carried through the city. It’s a marvelous few days; a summer carnival atmosphere and a whole host of activities for all ages with the added attraction of great local refreshments! Big is beautiful at Douai’s Gayant festival, largest carnival parade in the region. The town is packed with people trying to get a good view of the kings of the city; also known as the annual outing of the giants (gayants in local dialect). Costumed dancers and bands accompany the parade of giants that date back to the Middle Ages. The giants start journey from neighboring cities to take part in the celebration. Lucky festival goers can sometimes even spot weddings between ally giants! It is a great moment and you can even take your kids along.