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The Giants: mythical icons of Boulogne’s seafaring heritage

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From 1923 a tradition emerged among the fishing community to hold a big annual parade, which was always led by these giants.

“Batisse” who is the male character is 3.8 meters tall and weighs 60 kg. You can recognize his profession by the fishing net he carries over his left shoulder. His wife is called “Zabelle” and wears the traditional starched white lace head-dress of the women in the fishing community. The head-dress encircles much of the woman’s face, resembling an aureole of light. A white shawl covers her shoulders and the fringe hangs down over her black dress. She is represented with a severe and determined expression and with her hands on her hips.








Hôtel de Ville
Place Godefroy de Bouillon
BP 729
62200 BOULOGNE SUR MER
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Hôtel de Ville
Place Godefroy de Bouillon
BP 729
62200 BOULOGNE SUR MER
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