Every year on the Tuesday of the Carnival, all men of the Belgian town Aalst (Oilsjt) dress up like women. They call themselves 'Voil Jeanetten' (dirty Jennies), and they wear worn corsets, big breasts, and old fur coat and a lampshade on their head. They also tow an old pram with beer in it, and a bird cage on it's side.
Voil Jeanetten are a special kind of 'women', to express it mildly. They throw beer, swing with dead fish on rods, carry used toilet brushes and try to paint on you with a combination of wallpaper glu and feathers. Twice I had to run very fast because a Voil Jeanet was convinced that 'my camera was thirsty'.
In the last nine years I went to Aalst to capture this crazy party. After a while the Voil Jeanetten started to recognize me and invited me to drink my first beer of the day at 8AM in one of the smokey smelling bars near the square (read the story below).
A couple of years ago the Voil Jeanetten were recognized by UNESCO as immaterial world heritage.