Saint-Nicolas on his donkey

Saint-Nicolas on his donkey

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Ronde des Géants

Wattignives, Loos,
Warneton, Villeneauve d' Ascq, France

A special giant Saint-Nicolas makes visits in French Flanders. The huge figures are made of wicker, wood, leather and fabric. Saint-Nicolas, 5 m high and weighing 180 kg. was constructed in 1996. He rides on a huge donkey (2 m 50) that is munching on a giant carrot. It takes six carriers to make Saint-Nicolas dance as he moves along. The tradition of giant figures is rooted in the 16th century when the Counter-Reformation encouraged spectacular religious processions. Saint-Nicolas appears in four towns.

Many photos from Loos

Scenes of the giants from a documentary
Saint-Nicolas on his donkey
It takes six people to carry Saint-Nicolas—some feet are visible here
Local associations take care of these traditional figures
Baskets behind the good saint are filled with gifts and treats
Saint-Nicolas and his donkey are an impressive sight
A regular-sized Saint-Nicolas greets families and distributes treats