The Jazz Cat
Ready to deliver some soulful tunes as soon as he’s done having a wee. This costume brought the Manneken together with another Belgian great: saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax.
The Subsued Clown
No, the nose wasn’t part of a whole clown outfit that mysteriously went missing. Manneken Pis was one of many statues across the world that donned a red nose for 2014’s Children’s Rights Day. For their ‘1000 Red Noses’ operation, the organization Clowns and Magicians Without Borders managed to put flashy noses on iconic sculptures in Brussels, Paris, Dublin, Helsinki, München, Adelaide, New York, and a bunch of other metropolises.
The Masked Casanova
The King Of Rock ‘n Roll
Elvis was spotted alive and well in the heart of Europe on the 19th anniversary of his death (1999) and once again in 2011, the year when Belgium was the country of honor at the Memphis in May International Festival.
Nothing But Net
Manneken Pis as a Lithuanian basketball player, neatly aiming his squirt through the hoop. The Lithuanians have even provided the boy with tiny sneakers.
The Manneken is at his most dashing when playing Mr. Beulemans, a character from the Belgian play Le Mariage de Mademoiselle Beulemans (The Wedding of Miss Beulemans). In a top hat and tails, the peeing boy honors the birthday of Léopold Courouble, the Brussels writer who formed the inspiration for the successful 20th-century comedy.
For five glorious weeks during the summer, the Brussels canal becomes home to a stretched-out urban beach, complete with palm trees and boat parties. It’s the perfect opportunity for the Manneken to strut his stuff in his blue bathing suit while keeping safety in mind at all times – hence the buoy.
Into The Deep
When he feels like venturing further down into the ocean, the Manneken opts for his scuba suit, donated to him in 2007 by LIFRAS (a Brussels’ diving association) for the club’s 50th anniversary.
World Peace Day, September 21st, is when Manneken Pis becomes Manneken Peace. Being a big fan of democracy as well, his smileys and ‘go vote’ patches encourage one and all to exercise their civil rights.
The Bolivian Devil
Except for his strong little stream, there’s not much left to see of the Manneken when he helps celebrate the Bolivian Carnival of Oruro. Though he can’t exactly join in the traditional dance (known as the diablada) while doing his business, he’s always happy to rock the horned mask and flashy devil costume.
The Fourth of July has seen Manneken Pis in his Uncle Sam costume for quite a few years now. But will his ‘Yes, we can’ hat get to stay this year or will it be replaced by a red cap with a somewhat less enthusiastic message?
Spreading Holiday Cheer
Brussels embraces Christmas with open arms every year (just think of the Winter Wonders market), and the Manneken contributes to the cheer by becoming the city’s only Santa to pee in public.
Head to Brussels City Museum on the Grand Place for a glance at a hundred more of the Manneken’s unique costumes, including the gift that started it all: a rich blue coat and feather plume hat, donated by the Bavarian Elector at the end of the 17th century.