The group found his origin
at Langevelde, a hamlet of Merchtem.
But the custom to walk on stilts
is much older than the tradition in this district.
For a long time, circus people and street performers have been using stilts to look taller and show off
At the end of World War 2, fairs and processions were organised everywhere in Belgium to celebrate the liberation. Langevelde came up with the idea to let their people, dressed in paper clothes in the national tricolour, walk on stilts of different heights.
Since that day in 1945, the stilt walkers have travelled through Belgium and a large part of Europe like The Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, France, Switzerland, Denmark, Poland and Rumania. They even have performed in Russia, Japan and the USA.
Celebrating their 50th anniversary, by old tradition, they dressed the world famous statue "Manneken Pis", near the Grand Place in Brussels (Capital of Belgium and Europe) with the costume of the Stilt walkers.
Folklore is still alive here!