Manneken-Pis was at first a fountain that played an essential role in the former distribution of drinking water since the 15th century.
The system was well-known in all of Europe.
Towards the end of the 17th century, the statue became more and more important in the city life.
It was also a survivor of the bombardment of Brussels in 1695.
Manneken-Pis became a precious good and enjoys a ceaselessly growing glory.
During big events, we adorn him with luxurious clothes. We know that in the 18th century, Manneken-Pis was dressed at least 4 times a year. Since he lost his main function in the network of water conveyance of the City in the 19th century, Manneken-Pis gradually became an image and symbol of the Brussels folklore, the joy of the inhabitants and their capacity of self-mockery.
Manneken-pis is regularly dressed to pay tribute to associations or characters for example.
There is a fixed schedule of skins as well as an event calendar.