Long noses at the Malmedy Carnival

Groups of people wearing masks with long noses, running around in single file, copying everything the leader does.

Le Long-Né or Long Nose, if you don’t speak Wallon, was a fun group to watch. It took us a while to figure out what they were actually doing, and I found them a bit creepy at first since you can’t see their faces at all behind the masks. They run around in small groups, always in single file, and each must imitate whatever the first person in the group does. For example, they find an innocent bystander and shake their hand, or give them a bisous on the cheek. Then each Long-Né follows suit. More information about the traditional costumes can be found here.