The Cat's Parade
The parade itself, which always takes place on the second Sunday of May, experienced few essential changes over the years. Directed by Roger Quaghebeur and Bart Cafmeyer (from 1997 to present) the parade is innovated every year, but since its origin it always has a few permanent themes with established Cat Parade values.
The parade starts with an advertising caravan, the introduction and opening by the Koninklijke Harmonie Ypriana. After the flag swaying, tableaux are depicted such as Ypres Historical City, Ypres Cats' City, Cat worship in history, Cats in Language and Legend, the Cat around the World etc... After the parade everyone goes to the Hall tower where the city fool throws a few toy cats down.