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During the fourth weekend in August each year, a city in the Walloon province of Hainaut, Belgium, finds giants in its midst.

In a folklore tradition recognized by UNESCO, the Biblical battle between David and Goliath is played out by larger-than-life figures that give Ath its nickname, “The city of Giants.”

On Saturday at 3 p.m., Gouyasse (Goliath) marries his fiancée at St. Julien’s Church. At 5 p.m., in front of the town hall, he faces off with the diminutive David in battle.

Sunday’s grand parade starts at the train station at 9:45 a.m.; it then makes its way back through the city from L’Esplanade at 3 p.m.

Learn more at; click GB at top right (for Great Britain) for information in English.

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