"Gilles of Binche" dance during a carnival parade in the city center of Binche, Belgium, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. The Carnival of Binche dates back to around the 14th Century, with the clown-like Gilles performing their traditional dances to the sound of drums to ward off evil spirits with their sticks.
Gilles Mask. The masked carnival of Binche in Belgium involves most of the male inhabitants of the town spending the day marching through its streets in fantastical 'Gilles' outfits. For the early morning march, the men all wear these identical waxy masks.