Watch the wacky ‘Bell Wearers’ parade through Thessaloniki, Greece
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The 3rd annual European Festival of the Meeting of Bell Wearers took place in the Greek port city of Thessaloniki on Sunday. Performers who take part are inspired by the custom of bell wearing, loudly parading through the town while clanging their wearable instruments.
The practice is thought to originate from ancient pagan rituals, where participants would dress up and parade at the end of the winter, in order to ward off potential natural disasters that could damage their coming crops.