On the first Thursday in July, the Grand Place in Brussels hosts the colourful medieval Ommegang pageant.

The festival is a recreation of celebrations marking the 'joyous entry' into Brussels of Charles the Fifth, together with his son Don Philip, infant of Spain and Duke of Brabant, and his sisters, Eleanor of Austria, Queen of France and Mary of Hungary in 1549.

The Ommegang ('going around') involves more than 1,400 performers, with dozens of horses and acrobats taking a route around the city, culminating in a spectacular display in the Grand Place.