With a Dunkirker like Jean Bart, a notorious French privateer from the 17th century, Dunkerque (or Dunkirk in English) had to find a way to be distinct from the rest of the French maritime cities. So get ready to attend this winter the famous Carnaval de Dunkerque, a popular gathering where children and adults meet, parade, and party from January to March! You are not a spectator of the Carnival, everybody is somehow an actor! And please, don't miss the Mayor throwing herrings from the City Hall (it's good luck to catch one!). Dunkerque lies on the coast of the Nordic Sea, only 6.2 mi from the Belgian border and has the third biggest port of France. The city has many other treasures to offer to its visitors like the belfry, classified UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Herring throwing at the Dunkerque City Hall during the Carnaval