Every three years in Ypres, Belgium, the people there dress up as cats and have a friggin’ Cat Parade. The Ypres Cat Parade is devoted to the celebration of the cat, and dates back to medieval times. There’s a mystical element, too — the cats are seen as connected to witchcraft. And while in the Middle Ages they used to throw live cats from the town’s highest belfry tower, these days they toss stuffed animals instead.
Because the Kattenstoet is held only once every three years, people go pretty crazy. Everybody dresses up as a cat. Cats drinking. Cats smoking. So many cats.