Basler Fasnacht 2014
The people of Basel describe their carnival as the "drey scheenschte Dääg" (the three most beautiful days) in the year. And the city is turned upside down. The Basler Fasnacht takes place from the 10th to the 12th March in 2014. The Basler Fasnacht (carnival) lasts 72 hours – from 4.00 a.m. on Monday morning to 4.00 a.m. on Thursday. And, as always, it promises to be an unforgettable experience for young and old. Piccolos and drums, together with “Guggenmusiken”, shape the world of sound, and the colourful costumes and "Larven" (masks) enliven the appearance of the city streets.
The start of the Basler Fasnacht has always been the "Morgenstreich" (morning parade) . This begins early in the morning on Monday - at exactly four o’clock – with the "Morgestraich" march. Drummers and piccolo players march through the city centre, where all the lights have been turned off. They have fitted small head-mounted lanterns to their masks, and accompany the around 200 illuminated lanterns on which the subjects chosen by the “Cliques” are displayed.
On the Monday and Wednesday afternoons, around 12,000 carnival participants (Fasnächtler) present their subjects in costumes and masks from 1.30 p.m. With drums, piccolos and “Gugge” instruments, on foot, on floats and coaches equipped with lanterns and countless quirky accessories, they march along a predefined parade route. "Zeedel" (Zettel = slips of paper ) are distributed, on which the selected subjects are made fun of in amusing rhyming verses – in Basel dialect of course!. "Räppli" (confetti) and oranges, mimosas, roses, sweets and much more are distributed from the floats.
The “Guggenkonzert” (Guggemusic Concert)
Tuesday evening primarily belongs to the Gugge-Musiken (costumed marching bands). Their traditional concerts take place between 7.30 p.m. and 11.00 p.m. on the Marktplatz, Barfüsserplatz and Claraplatz. Thousands of fans thoroughly enjoy the deafening, off-beat and spirited arrangements.
Mainly in the evenings and on Tuesday afternoon, large and small piccolo and drum formations, people in individual masks and Guggemusic bands make their way through the lanes and alleys of the historic centre without any fixed itinerary.
To the sound of traditional and new compositions, you are welcome to join in and march behind any of the formations at a leisurely pace.
More than 100 “Schnitzelbänke” sing in the pubs and restaurants in the city centre on the Monday and Wednesday evenings. In groups, as a solo or in pairs, they make fun of the events and incidents that took place during the last year, to various melodies and always in rhyming Basel dialect.
How can you visit the Basler Fasnacht?
It’s best to come by train, or, if you need to use your car, you should leave it in one of the multi-storey car parks on the outskirts of the city. The Basel public transport services offer a well-thought-out special timetable for both trams and buses.
- Date & Time
10. March 2014 - 12. March 2014
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