The very name Dendermonde (Termonde in French), meaning "mouth of the Dender", indicates the strategic position of this town, at the confluence of the Dender River and Scheldt River. In 1667, Louis XIV was forced to abandon his siege of the town when its inhabitants flooded it. Every year there is a procession of giants. But the town is mostly renowned for the procession of the Bayard horse, ridden by the four Aymon sons. It is organised every 10 years.