The Manneken-Pis, a 17th-century bronze statue of small boy is an iconic symbol of Brussels folklore which dresses up in costume during festivals and major events. Today was meant to celebrate the election of the most beautiful Moustache of Brussel but it had to be cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.
The idea of the competition and the order was started a little over a decade ago in 2009 at the initiative of the former mayor of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans, who always sported a mustache. Initially, the competition took place in Les Marolles neighborhood. Today, internet users can also vote for the prettiest mustache.
The Manneken-Pis, the famous hero and mascot of the city of Brussels was offered today it’s 1st ever caregiver costume this Saturday to honor all of the healthcare workers of the public hospitals of the Iris network (CHU Saint-Pierre, CHU Brugmann, Institut Jules Bordet, Children’s Hospital and Iris-Sud Hospitals), who rose to the front at the height of the covid-19 pandemic.
The choice of a white coat, surgical mask, visor and small shoes that make up the outfit was worn as a special occasion today only until 6 p.m.
The set aimed to represent the hospital personnel in it’s entirety with and not just the nurses and doctors but the cleaning crews, aides, administrative agents and technicians who bravely donned on their uniforms to save lives amid this unprecedented health crisis.