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To avoid being called racists, the blacks change their image



The Noirauds now wear the colors of the Belgian flag – black, yellow, red – on their faces.

L The Noirauds, the birthplace of Princess Paola's royal work, will change her appearance. These mostly black men, who have been in Brussels' restaurants since 1876 to raise money, now wear the colors of the Belgian flag – black, yellow, and red – on their faces.

Partly because of a controversy in 2015. At that time Didier Reynders, Foreign Minister, participated in the collection, which was distorted like the other Noirauds black. A French journalist from France 2 was arrested, the picture was sent quickly and shocked. Disguise was considered racism.

► France 2 pin Didier Reynders disguised as Noiraud

"It's been two or three years since we thought" the idea to change make-up, explains Albert Vermeiren, Coordinator of the Noirauds. "There is a story in folklore and we keep the old traditions, but we also have a charitable mission," he says. "So why make a great effort and provoke hostility? We must evolve."

Pick up from 14 to 17 March

The blacks will therefore collect money for disadvantaged children in black, yellow and red from 14 to 17 March. "
A new look more in tune with the time allowed to preserve anonymity and strengthen the festive character of its members, "
according to the Association, on which occasion the Manneken Pis will receive a new costume on March 13th

On March 16, a procession will march through the streets of Brussels, accompanied by the Meyboom Fanfare


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