UPD Manneken Pis in Junior shirt!

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Manneken Pis, one of Belgium's most famous attractions, will be wearing a white shirt with the 2005 Junior Eurovision Song Contest logo in the week prior to the event. The participating delegations will visit the little boy as well.

Manneken Pis is a small bronze fountain sculpture depicting a little boy urinating into the fountain's basin.

On many occasions the statue is dressed in a costume. His wardrobe now consists of several hundred different costumes. The statue was at one time used to dispense liquor. A detailed overview of the 'indecent' attraction can be found here. The costumes are changed according to a schedule managed by the non-profit association Les Amis de Manneken-Pis, in ceremonies that are often accompanied by brass band music. When the boy's stream is turned on after dressing, the build-up of pressure after such a long abstinence can lead to bystanders being sprinkled, to general delight.

Photos of the statue in close-up often give a false impression of its size; some tourists are disappointed to find it much smaller than expected.

Update: picture added (source: VRT/RTBF)

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