The Bierpruvers received the symbolic key to the district house on Saturday, February 3. The carnival season is now in full swing. This year they are also celebrating their fiftieth anniversary and their Royal title.
The district hall of Ekeren is full of jesters, princes and emperors. Everyone is dressed in full uniform. As is the annual tradition, district mayor Koen Palinckx presented the symbolic key to the district house on Saturday, February 3.
“From now on, Carnival has the power,” he said in his humorous speech. “The savings bank is empty, but I made sure the refrigerator is well stocked.”
The carnival season is officially opened with the handing over of the keys. Ekeren can now gradually start the countdown to next month’s big parade. “De Bierpruvers now rule over Ekeren in a fun way,” explains Prince René, chairman of De Bierpruvers. “We do not want to start a social debate with our association. We are just always working towards our beautiful procession and want to give the population a beautiful day.”
But this year there will be even more celebrations, because De Bierpruvers has been around for fifty years. A month ago they therefore received their title of Royal Society at the district hall in Antwerp. They also received a unique certificate from the Ekeren district.
Prince René I therefore thought it was the perfect moment to celebrate everyone who has brought the association to where it is today. “It is also a great moment for us and we would therefore like to thank a lot of people. Fifty years of this association is a dream come true and one that we will not experience again anytime soon,” says Prince René I.
The medals adorn several necks in the room and colleague Marc Wouters was also awarded for his loyal service as a journalist. “Marc wrote the Gazet for years and always did an extra for De Bierpruvers efforteke. We would like to thank him for that.”
The fraternal associations Karnamor, The Drumsticks and the Federation of European Jesters also celebrated this solemn day. “Alaaf, alaaf, alaaf,” they all shout in unison several times.