Summer is the high season for local towns to hold their ducasse. There is no direct translation from French to English of "ducasse." They are unique to northern France and this part of Belgium. A ducasse is probably best described as a centuries old religious festival combined with folklore and over the years has lost the religious aspects and gained beer.
A ducasse is a multi-day event with the more spectacular moments occurring on the weekends - parades, re-enactments and/or fireworks.
The Ducasse d'Ath began yesterday. It's religious anchor is David and Goliath, but as we'll explore tomorrow, David has little to do with it.
The ducasse is a big deal for the local community there are posters everywhere and the flags of the city were flying everywhere - purple, yellow and white.
The events are well covered by local television. Several camera men wandered the streets. There was a special camera on a crane to get above the crowd. At some points we had to be careful not to trip over sound cables running along the street.