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 2021, the procession will take place on Thursday 13th 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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News March 29, 2020
Due to the recent extension of the measures in force to limit the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19, the organization unfortunately has to decide, in consultation with the city council, that it is no longer possible to process the Procession of the Holy Blood in a correct, high-quality and safe manner. way on Thursday, May 21.
The preparations are on schedule. The collaboration with all those involved, such as choirs, riders, music bands, dancers and so on, has been established. All logistics aspects are planned and are waiting for their roll-out. All innovations that are planned for the 2020 edition are also ready. The organization has a lot of new elements in store: large numbers of brand new costumes and shoes for various groups as well as a completely renewed group of Pentecost are waiting for the reactions of the audience. These are the logistical preparations (moving to the city halls, checking all the costumes, preparing all the props …) and the rehearsals with the many extras that were planned for the coming weeks.
It is precisely those preparations that are a problem. Coming together with large groups of extras to rehearse all scenes is now impossible. There is little margin on the anticipated timing; we see postponing these several weeks as impossible. That rehearsals and logistical preparations are temporarily not possible, directly means that no qualitative Procession of the Holy Blood can be organized.
It is still unclear what the coming weeks will bring. It appears that current measures against the coronavirus will not be weakened immediately. Even if this is the case in May, the question is whether organizing a mass spectacle with 2,000 extras and employees and 40,000 spectators is a wise choice. As an organization, we naturally attach the utmost importance to the safety and health of the extras, employees and the public.
Together with the city council, the organization decides that the Procession of the Holy Blood will exceptionally and unfortunately not take place this year. The Procession of the Holy Blood is postponed to next year’s edition, and will continue on Thursday May 13, 2021. Whoever bought a seat ticket will be contacted personally.
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. 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.