The witch parade with its more than 1000 participants is a folkloric event full of life and colour. Flanders has a tradition of parades. In 1959 the witches’ parade of Beselare was born. It has become one of the more lively and colourful parades in Flanders, entirely made and maintained by the villagers themselves. The parade opens with the history of the marquisate of Beselare, during which most witches lived (17th century). In the second part we meet the witches of the well-known fairy-tales. The stars of the Beselare witch parade however are our local witches, as we know them from the many legends and stories of Beselare: Meele Crotte, Calle Bleters, Leeme Caduul and Sefa Bubbels. Peculiar women, who kept strange animals, grew magical herbs, cast spells on the cattle or the children and who took pleasure in finding new ways to torment the villagers. The parade ends with the infamous witch-hunt, the bringing to trial of the witches, the torture and punishment of the convict.