PLACE DU GRAND SABLON, STREETS OF BRUSSELS AND GRAND PLACE, STARTING AT 20:15 - OMMEGANG PROCESSION
On Wednesday 29 June and Friday 1 July, relive the 1549 procession organised for Charles V and his son, the future Philip II!
1,400 paraders let you relive a historic moment on the streets of Brussels: musicians, singers, dancers, horsemen, uniformed guards and flag-carriers all contribute to recreating the Renaissance atmosphere. Charles V's carriage sets off from his former palace on place Royal at 20:15. The historical groups start from Brussels Park around 20:40 to join the members of the guilds of crossbowmen, archers, harquebusiers and fencers at the Sablon. The full historical procession, led by the carriage, will set out from Sablon at 20:50 and parade through the streets of Brussels to the Grand Place where the show will have been on since 20:45
SABLON, WEDNESDAY 29 JUNE AND FRIDAY 1 JULY, AT AROUND 19:20 - CROSSBOW SHOOTING
On Wednesday 29 June and Friday 1 July, the Ommegang festivities present a shooting competition between the two Brussels guilds of crossbowmen in front of the Church of Our Lady of the Sablon.
Around 20:25, arriving from place Royale, Emperor Charles V will make his entrance into the church. Visitors can then attend a historical reconstruction of the Virgin being taken out by the guilds.
Brussels Park, Sablon, place des Palais – 1000, Brussels
Grand-Place, grandstand seats, FEE CHARGED, www.ommegang.be