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Celebrate Carnival in Ostend

8-10 March 2019

Everyone’s welcome to come celebrate the Carnival weekend in Ostend on 8, 9 and 10 March!

Friday 8 March

According to annual tradition, the appointment of the Carnival Prince and Princess takes place at City Hall on Friday evening at 7 pm. This inaugural event is followed by the "Cimateire" procession at 8 pm. This traditional lantern procession ends at Groentemarkt where the doll Tjannie Carbon will be burnt. As of about 10 pm, you are invited to join the festivities in the carnival tent at Groentemarkt.

Saturday 9 March

Saturday is the carnival day for children. They have their own parade, after which a miniature doll of Tjannie Carbon is set on fire. There is also a mini-version of the traditional clog throwing. Groentenmarkt is the place to be for every child that loves carnival.

Sunday 10 March

On Sunday, at 3 pm, the big carnival parade goes through the city and ends at Wapenplein, where everyone gathers for the traditional throwing of clogs. The carnival weekend ends with various activities and concerts  in the carnival tent on Groentenmarkt.


Friday 8th March 2019

  • 7 pm: Carnival Prince & Princess nomination • Ostend Town Hall 
  • 8 pm: Procession • Town Hall / Vindictivelaan / Visserskaai / Nieuwstraat / Groentemarkt
  • 8.30 pm: Burning of 'Tjannie Carbon' (carnival puppet) • Groentemarkt
  • 9 pm - 11 pm: Concert 'Beercan' • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 11 pm - 1 am: Afterparty with DJ Savas • Tent Groentemarkt

Saturday 9th March 2019

  • 3 pm: Children's Carnival parade • Departure of the vehicles: Sint-Petrus- and -Paulusplein, via Kaaistraat towards Groentemarkt. The children can join the parade at Groentemarkt. ROUTE: Breidelstraat / Kerkstraat / Sint-Pietersstraat / Jozef II-straat / Kapellestraat / Adolf Buylstraat / Hertstraat / Langestraat / Kapucijnenstraat / Mijnplein / Groentemarkt
  • 4 pm: Burning of Mini-Tjannie Carbon (carnival puppet) with Mini-Kloeffeworp (candy throw) • Groentemarkt
  • 4 pm: Party • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 6 pm: Concert 'Alex, Rudi & Ilse' (Partytrooperz) • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 9 pm: Concert 'De Vos en Lemmes' • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 10.30 pm - 1 am: Afterparty with DJ Savas • Tent Groentemarkt

Sunday 10th March 2019

  • 3 pm - 11 pm: Party • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 3 pm: Carnival parade • Route: Petit Paris / Alfons Pieterslaan / Rogierlaan / Leopold I-plein / Karel Janssenslaan / Leopold II-laan / Marie-Joséplein / A. Buylstraat / Wapenplein / Groentemarkt
  • Shortly after the carnival parade, there is the 'Kloeffeworp' (candy throw) • Wapenplein
  • 6.30 pm: concert Yves Segers • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 8 pm: concert 'Hits On Tour' • Tent Groentemarkt
  • 9.30 pm - 11 pm: Afterparty with DJ Savas

Party tip: Bal Rat Mort

For the 121st edition, Bal Rat Mort chose the theme of 'Vintage Hollywood'. So hop  into your Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost to party at the most beautiful theme ball of Belgium, on Saturday, March 2!

Bal Rat Mort

Kursaal Oostende

Sat 2 Mar 2019

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