Part 1 covered G’s participation in a children’s parade with her preschool. Part 2 is going to be about Birsfelden’s very own Fasnacht.
Last year we were new and also lived right in Basel’s city center. We didn’t have to go far to look for Fasnacht activities and, to be quite honest, doing anything more than the three days we did probably would have been overwhelming.
This year, though, we were in our new city. A city with its own, admittedly smaller, Fasnacht parade. Birsfelden holds its parade the Saturday before Basel’s Fasnacht begins. It’s like a warm-up, an appetizer. We figured it would be a small event, which it is for the most part. After G’s Saturday morning ballet class and a failed nap time, we headed to the main drag to get our parade on.
In theory, wearing your Plakette is supposed to protect you from confetti attacks, but that hasn’t actually been my experience. Maybe it’s worse when you don’t have any Plakette at all? I do know for sure, though, that when you have the more expensive Plakette, you’re more likely to get alcohol from the people throwing out fruit and flowers during the parade.
Anyway, Andy was wearing his Plakette prominently on his raincoat, but it didn’t matter.
The Birsfelden parade route is very short, especially when compared to the route in Basel. We watched the same groups circle around twice and then packed it in for home.
When your hair looks like this, it’s definitely time to head home.
Here’s the Birsfelden Fasnacht Snapchat so you can hear some of the music we were treated to.
Next up: Morgenstreich and three days of Fasnacht!