Fasnacht – Part 2

The second day of Fasnacht doesn’t have any official parades, but there are processions going on all day.  Literally all day.  The drumming and piping goes on twenty-four hours a day during the three days of Fasnacht.  I knew this, and yet nothing actually prepares you for the reality of it.  I was really glad that we don’t live more in the center of town than we do.

The second day is the Carnival of the Children, so I had planned to take G into the center of town to see people in costume and get covered in confetti.  However, the weather still wasn’t fabulous and G was celebrating her Terrifying Threes a day early, so she and I skipped out on festivities during the day and waited to head out after Andy got home from work.

I knew I wanted to go to the lantern exhibit, so we headed towards Münsterplatz.

There were kind of a lot of people out.

Fasnacht day 2. #latergram #basel #switzerland #welcometobasel #fasnacht #fasnacht2015 #confetti

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And I had thought there was a lot of confetti on Monday.

Dat confetti tho. #latergram #basel #switzerland #welcometobasel #fasnacht #fasnacht2015 #confetti

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So, pot isn’t legal here, but people don’t work particularly hard to hide it when they’re smoking.  I’ve seen it quite a bit in the park near our house when I run errands in the evening.  (Thankfully not so much during the day.)  No one made any attempts to hide it during Fasnacht.

So that happened.

This was my first time seeing a selfie stick in real life. So people actually use them. Interesting.

Heading into the fray in Barfüsserplatz.

So… There’s a lot of politics in Fasnacht.  I couldn’t understand most of it, obviously.  Between the language barrier and not being familiar with the news coverage in this part of the world, a lot of things went over my head.

But that didn’t stop me from taking pictures and trying to figure it out.

Creepy eyes.

Dude was dressed like Ronald McDonald and was dragging a large bone behind him down the street. OK.

Typical drum major.

Lots of cell phone commentary.

I think I can figure this out even without being able to read it.

These cows took the ferry across the river and then marched off into the night.

This was G’s favorite lantern.  Too bad Andy has major crazy eyes in this picture.

Glühwein on the way home.

Glühwein is the German name for mulled wine.  It’s really big here during the Christmas Market and Andy tried it when he was here in December.  This was my first time having it, though!  It was pretty delicious!

We were out really late, considering we had an almost-three-year-old with us, but the party was still going strong when we headed home.  I couldn’t help thinking about how tired those drummers’ arms must have been.

7 thoughts on “Fasnacht – Part 2

  1. I don’t quite get the whole ‘lantern’ part… Do they light up? Are they on the ground, being paraded, hanging?

    • They do light up, although some of them weren’t lit while we were there.

      Monday night through Wednesday morning, they’re on the ground on display in this particular square.

      For the three parades (the one at 4 am on Monday morning, 1:30 in the afternoon on Monday and 1:30 in the afternoon on Wednesday), they are pulled in the parades by the various troops.

      Each troop is in charge of costuming themselves and making their own lantern. I think they’re supposed to stick to the general theme, but judging by the array of subjects shown on the lanterns, there’s obviously room for interpretation.

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