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“Cat Parade” in Belgium Sheds Dark Light On the Barbaric Treatment Cats Receives During Medieval Days

For the last 60 years, the city of Ypres in Belgium has held a popular "Cat Parade" that draws visitors from around the country. Kattenstoet, or the "Festival of the Cats", is held once every three years and consists chiefly of parades featuring giant cat effigies, brass bands, marchers and people riding on horseback. Revelers dressed as cats, witches or mice and march through the town to the cheer of large crowds of people who turn out on the streets. While it's all fun now, it turns out the origins of Kattenstoet are much darker. 


cat parade in Belguim
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