The Braderie de Lille has its origins within the Lille Fair, the earliest written mention of which dates returned to the twelfth century. It takes vicinity every year on the first weekend of September. Preceded by means of a half-marathon on Saturday morning, it officially starts on Saturday at 14h and ends Sunday at 23h without interruption. During those 33 hours, 10,000 exhibitors consisting of three hundred professional second-hand dealers offer a hundred kilometers of stalls to almost 3 million site visitors to promote everything and purchase everything on considered one of the biggest flea markets in Europe. The town of Lille is therefore converted into large pedestrian vicinity where traders, 2nd-hand dealers and good buy hunters perpetuate a tradition that is both business and festive.
The mussels and fries, conventional dish of the clearance sale, are served in all eating places in the town, usually observed with the aid of a nearby beer. Each player then participates in an casual contest through trying to increase in front of his establishment the best pile of empty shells. 500 lots of mussels and 30 heaps of French fries are seared every year. The clearance sale is likewise a extraordinary gastronomic pageant supplying a actual famous show.