The crowd is showered with confetti during the Sunday parade.
The modern celebration begins on Sunday morning, with a clown wearing a horse costume, the Sot des Cannoniers, accompanied by two drums as the giants leave their home on the rue de Lambres. Gayant and his wife leave first, followed by the children. They proceed to the Town Hall, with the porters stopping along the way for spiked coffee.
An acrobat swings from an ingenious flying bid-shaped float in the 2015 parade.
The giants remain in the square, then after a brief tour perform four “Rigodon Dances” (Danses du Rigodon) to the music of a municipal band. The dance ends with throwing treats to the crowd and a flight of pigeons. In the afternoon, the grand parade down the streets of Douai begins. The giants hold a special place in the parade, but the parade also includes floats and groups of masqueraders. Popular culture, acrobats, and musicians all play a prominent role. On the following Monday, the giants are displayed around town, and then returned to storage for the rest of the year.