Moustaches, cigars and lambics in the cobbled streets of Brussels this Saturday. It’s the academic day of the Meyboom, “it’s to bring joy to the city, and announce the Meyboom on Tuesday, proudly advances Jean-Louis, president of the companions of Saint-Laurent. Well… It’s also a safari-bistro. Today, it’s conviviality, and Tuesday, we’ll be serious!”
A “full” return, as the expression perfectly chosen for the day wants. Under the summer sun that beats down Boulevard Anspach, the family of giants dances to the rhythms of the brass band, sometimes provoking the hilarity, curiosity or amusement of tourists and onlookers. Suddenly, a giant stops its dance, and Pierre comes out, a strong Canadian accent, it’s time to change carriers. “It’s the second time I’ve done it. It’s sometimes a little complicated because they are giants who are not articulated at the level of the arms, and the windows are very small. Fortunately, there are three of us per giant, We’re doing relays, it’s perfect.” Christophe, his colleague, is particularly proud of this feat. “We only release them once a year, these giants, we learn later!”
Successful communication mission
Around the Stock Exchange, seated tourists are encouraged to dance and clap their hands to the rhythm of the festive melodies of the brass band heading towards the town hall, where deserving members of the brotherhoods will receive a medal. In the public which deviates, amazed by the giant with the effigy of Raymond Goethals, “Madame Chapeau”, and “the mustache of the year 2012” (particularly extravagant), some wonder. “Meyboom?! What is it?” And those who don’t pull out their smartphone to take pictures do so to find out about the event. Successful communication mission, therefore, for this academic day of Meyboom. See you Tuesday for another day of Zwanzerie… all the way!