The Procession of the Holy Blood was created in 1304 as an expression of gratitude and faith. It has formed part of the city of Bruges’ rich history since that time. The Procession of the Holy Blood is included on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (UNESCO World Heritage).
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The Procession of the Holy Blood takes place annually on Ascension Day. In 2022, the procession will take place on Thursday 26th May from 2.30 pm onwards.
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The Procession of the Holy Blood goes through Bruges’ city centre streets. You can take place anywhere you like along the route. You also can choose to book a place on a bench or stand.
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Edition 2021 postponed due to corona
As a result of the measures in force to limit the spread of the coronavirus, the organisation of the Procession of the Holy Blood saw no other choice than to decide to cancel the 2021 edition of the Procession of the Holy Blood. This means that the procession will not pass through Bruges’ streets this year as a result of the global corona pandemic.
During the past months, the organization has always assumed that the procession could go out this year as it has always been before. Unfortunately, that will not be the case. The organization counted on a sufficiently high form of herd immunity after the vaccination campaign. However, that is not realistic; after all, the concrete preparations in a large group start at the beginning of April.
It’s only January now, and no one can see into the future. Nevertheless, the organization believes it has made the right decision. An event of this size is not organized on a one-two-three basis. Months of preparation are required. Even if more is allowed in May, a high-quality edition of the procession is not realistic.
The organization invests in many innovations every year. The organization also had new elements in store for this year. These innovations will be further completed in the coming months in accordance with the high quality standards that are typical of the organization. These will be shown on Thursday 26 May 2022.
Concise practical information
You can take place anywhere you like along the route. You do not need to buy a ticket and can simply choose your own preferred place. Watching the procession pass by is free.
Would you like to watch the procession pass by from a bench or the stands? Then you will need to purchase a ticket.
The procession will start in the Dijver at 2.30 pm. The passage of the procession will take about an hour and a half at any point along the route. Depending on the route location, the procession could pass by a little earlier or later. The procession will end at 5.30 pm.
|Reserved / numbered seats|
|€ 12,00 p/p
€ 4,00 p/p
|Groups (20+ people)|
|€ 10,75 p/p
€ 3,50 p/p
Tickets for the stands and benches can be purchased online from March 1, 2022. You also can reach Tourist Info ‘t Zand (Concertgebouw, open from Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday and public holidays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.) , Tourist Info Market Place (Historium, open from Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.) or call +32(0)70 22 12 12.