Fourteen floats passed through the streets of the West Flemish capital. Participants were joined by fifty horses and sixty priests accompanying a shrine containing the Holy Blood of Christ.
Last year no priests took part out of fear that they would be humiliated by the crowds following the paedophile scandal involving the former Bishop of Bruges, Roger Vangheluwe.
For the brand new Bishop of Bruges, Jozef De Kesel, this is the first time he attends the procession in his new capacity as West Flemish Church leader.
The procession has existed since the 14th century. Two years ago the UN’s cultural programme UNESCO recognised it as world heritage.