The day after the war, in 1947, 21 young men of Stavelot resumed the carnivalesque traditions of the character Blanc Moussi and founded the «Folkloric brotherhood of Blancs Moussis».
Since then its strength has con- tinued to increase to achieve 300 members in its 60th year.
Starting off three generations ago and from natives of all milieus, the Blancs Moussis contribute to the cultural and folkloric fame of Stavelot, the Capital of Laetare!
The Blancs Moussis symbolize Stavelot!
They publish a newspaper, produce tons of confetti, make blower floats, reinstate an ancient tannery that serves as premises for them and organise about 15 shows every year!
Love for Stavelot, spirit of friend- ship, protection of folklore and traditions, devotion, penchant for farce and laughter are the values that are behind this success.
In Belgium, the Blancs Moussis are not visible except in Stavelot. However, the Folkloric Brotherhood of Blancs Moussis is frequently invited to appear abroad. Thus, the Blancs Moussis have partici- pated in different processions in Germany including the one in Cologne, or the Hanover World Fair. They have been invited to about 15 cities in France.
The Blancs Moussis went to Beijing and Tjanjin in 2003 on the occasion of a tourism festival, more recently they performed in the cities of Bâle (Switzerland) and of Rocca Grimalda (Piedmont) .
Folklore is a marvellous medium that helps meet, discover, ex- change and socialize. The Broth- erhood of Blancs Moussis gives preference to these values during these international meets.
Compiègne (1961,1962,1964) , Saint-Quentin (voir liste de 1987) , Douai , Saint-Amand-les-Eaux (1966) , Rethel (1999) , Denain , Thiais , Noyelles-Godault , Valenciennes , Lomme , Lille , Les Mureaux (2004) , Vieux-Condé (2008) , Etain (2006) , Mazingarbe , Vitry-sur-Seine
Beijing (Pékin) 2003
Shanghaï 2010 - World Expo
Rocca Grimalda 2006
Hanovre 2000 - World Expo
Bad Cannstatt (Stuttgart) 2009 - Narren Fest
And exceptionally in Belgium for the World Expo in Bruxelles in 1958.