Walk on Stilts Day - July 27
Sat, Jul 27, 2024

Walk on Stilts Day

Walk on Stilts Day is dedicated to movement often seen at the circus or festivals and fairs. Did you know people learned to use stilts in ancient Greece in the 6th century BC? A person stood on special poles, which were fastened with a system of belts.

The History

The history of stilts is centuries old and many types have appeared – manual, spring, peg, articulated, and finger-shaped. Until the 15th century, the people of Belgium used stilts to perform work in muddy areas, as well as in jousting tournaments.

At the beginning of the 15th century, the Count of Namur issued a decree forbidding the use of stilts at any event and for any work. Another country where the history of stilts is common is France. Here they were used by shepherds when they had to move through damp, swampy terrain.

In the 19th century, when the swamps dried up, the need for stilts disappeared, but they continued being used in agricultural marathons as a recreational element. Today it is exclusively used in theatrical performances, common in Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

Interesting Facts

  • In California, aluminum stilts continue to be used in agriculture for harvesting, as well as for repair work, like installing ceilings and fixing drywall.
  • The most famous group of stilt walkers in Brooklyn is the Moko Jambi, who stand out in oversized costumes with extravagant robes. Their stilts are 17 feet high.
  • Over the years of existence, stilts have become a universal device used in art, agriculture, and construction.
  • In the retinue of Empress Josephine were people on stilts; they accompanied her on trips and kept up with the horses.
  • During the marathon in London, some races are held on stilts, and Michel Frost managed to finish the marathon on stilts in 6.5 hours.

How to take part

The first thing that comes to mind is walking on stilts or attending a theatrical performance where actors move on high poles. If you want to learn how to use stilts, start with small ones available at any sporting goods store. Gather a group of friends and have a fun and relaxed time in the park. Watch some tutorials in advance or check out the London Marathon, which takes place every year in the British capital.

When is Walk on Stilts Day celebrated in 2024?

Walk on Stilts Day is observed on July 27 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday July 27 2024
Sunday July 27 2025
Monday July 27 2026

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