Originally, the festivities were held at an inn. Gradually, toward the end of the century, the fishermen and their families disguised themselves and took to the streets.
Today, the excitement continues. The people of Dunkirk proudly take part in the Carnival. Tens of thousands attend the festival and join in the fun that grips the whole town. The "bandes", usually taking place on the Sunday afternoon, consist of a huge procession with everyone singing traditional songs. Everyone brings energy and imagination to the fun atmosphere - keeping alive the soul of Dunkirk, thus the "masquelour" proudly goes forth, chest out, head up, and umbrella held high.