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Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Children's Fasnacht

The Basel Fasnacht starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasts three days. Fasnacht 2018 happened during 19th - 21st February and like every year it attracted hundreds of thousands of people from far and near. Lasting three days, the carnival is a wonderful way to experience the local traditions and culture.

Morgenstreich is the official start of the Fasnacht - it begins at 4 am on Monday followed by a big procession called the Cortege during the afternoon. The first day ends with drummers, flutists and 'Gugge' music bands taking to the streets in the evening. After a fabulous Day 1, we were waiting with excitement for Day 2 and we were not disappointed. Although Day 2 (The Tuesday) does not have any official parades, it was still a lot of fun especially in the afternoon when the children take over the carnival.

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Families with children wearing beautiful home-made costumes and masks take to the streets. There are no official procession routes and as such you will find families wandering all the main streets showing off their children's costumes, throwing confetti and distributing candies and other sweet treats. Like the Cortege on Monday, this was also a lot of fun. We watched the procession waiting near the Middle Bridge (Mittlere Brücke) and then wandered around the city streets enjoying the drums and piccolo music that was playing on most streets.

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Basel Fasnacht 2018 | Childrens Fasnacht

Tuesday night sees the Gugge music bands performing on stages near Marktplatz, Barfüsserplatz and Claraplatz with hundreds of spectators enjoying the catchy music.

71 comments:

  1. Anna Lorraine Webster11 March 2018 at 14:16

    It looks like everyone had a wonderful time. It's so colourful.

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  2. Sounds really great and so colourful but my daughter will be so frightened.

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    1. The children's carnival is a lot of fun, Leila. Kids of all ages participate and get involved in the fun event.

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  3. I like some of the costumes - very well made. Do they use the same costumes every year?

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    1. I think so - with some modifications, I guess. Most of the costumes are based on traditional characters and as such retain their look and feel. But they add elements based on the current sociopolitical scenario as well. The masks I think are made every year with some being remodelled or reused.

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  4. Ooo wow what a delight - your pictures speak volumes - the smiles say it all

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    1. Thanks, Margaret. Yes, there were smiling faces all around. Everyone seemed to be enjoying the carnival.

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  5. This looks like a lot of fun for the family!

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    1. Yes, it is. All the three days are fun but the children's day (the unofficial parade) was the most fun according to me.

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  6. Such a fun carnival. Lovely photographs the children seem to have so much fun.

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    1. Thank you, Aysha. Yes, it was a fun 3 days. We loved the Children's day; it was lovely to see kids of all ages taking part.

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  7. That looks and sounds like so much fun! I love all of the bright colours x

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  8. It's so wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves. Such bright colours and great costumes.

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  9. Have never heard of this before but it looks amazing and a lot of fun

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  10. The costumes are fantastic, my kids would love this. It looks and sounds more interesting than our carnival.

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  11. Great photos of the costumes, it looks like everyone is enjoying themselves.

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  12. Thank you everyone for reading, sharing and for your comments. Much appreciated.

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  13. It looks amazing, my kids would jump at the chance to get involved in something like that!

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    1. Kids of all ages participated and it was nice to see them all getting into the spirit of the Fasnacht.

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  14. Some of them look realy scary lol

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  15. you all look like you had an amazing time x

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  16. Looks great fun, everyone happy. The masks are bright and colourful and slightly odd looking, glad the kids found them entertaining not scary.

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    1. Yes, everyone had a lot of fun. I think the kids there are used to seeing these masks and costumed figures from a very young age and as such are not scared of them.

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  17. This looks like fantastic fun and some really great pictures here!

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  18. Looks like a great event for all the family x

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  19. This looks amazing. I bet the children loved it!

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  20. Thank you everyone for your continued support (your comments and shares are greatly appreciated).

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  21. It looks like a lot of fun and excitement for the whole family to enjoy

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  22. What an amazingly fun looking experience for the family. Such lovely costumes

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    1. Yes, many of the costumes were elaborate and well thought of. They plan months ahead for the carnival.

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  23. I know for a fact that my daughter would absolutely love it here !

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    1. Maybe you could visit with her next year!

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  24. Carnivals are always fun , I have never been to Paris

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  25. Looks like great fun, making most of colourful memorys for everyone!

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  26. It looks amazing. My kids would love it. Shame there is nothing like that in the UK

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    1. Yes, Karen. The carnival is a lot of fun especially the parade on the children's day. It was lovely to see kids of all ages participating with so much excitement.

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  27. These pictures are amazing, everyone looks as if they are having loads of fun and everyone is so colourful, looks amazing

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Susan. If you love carnivals, this one is a must-see.

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  28. It look so fun and love how bright and bold it looks. Great fun for the whole family.

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  29. What fabulous photos, they’ve really captured the spirit of the Carnival.

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  30. Look at all those wonderful costumes! They must have taken days, weeks and months to make them! Lots of fun for the family!

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    1. Yes, the city starts preparing for the carnival months in advance!

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  31. wow this carnival looks amazing its so colourful

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  32. Looks like lots of fun, I love that the children get to take over the carnival and show off their costumes.

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  33. Jessica Barber9 April 2018 at 19:29

    This looks fantastic! The costumes are amazing and I bet the kids loved getting so involved with it.

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  34. Looks an amazing fun day with the children in their bright costumes and loots of confetti

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  35. it looks like a fantastic time by all, some stunning photo's

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  36. Wow, it looks like you guys had so much fun. It’s nice to see how different countries celebrate

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  37. Thank you all for your continued support. Appreciate all the shares and comments.

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  38. wow looks like 3 days of fun and excitment

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  39. Oh wow! What an amazing festival! Great to have something that children can get so involved in too!

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  40. this looks so much fun some of the costumes are amazing

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  41. This looks very busy,bright and colourful!

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  42. What fantastic colours! I love carnivals and they seem to put everyone in a good mood!

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  43. I've never heard of this before, I absolutely love the costumes! :)

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  44. To be honest it looks like a great day but the masks would probably scare my kiddies 😱😂

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  45. Have never heard of this, but it looks a fabulous day out for the family and the costumes are amazing

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  46. Such fabulous pictures looks like a lot of fun xx

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  47. I adore things aimed for children and designed for fun and to make them happy. Happy kids happy parents! This looks like great family fun! I would invite you to Morecambe Carnival in August but I am not sure it will be on this scale. Worth a look though!

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  48. This looks absolutely fantastic. My kids (big and little) would love this.

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  49. Fabulous costumes & what a great time the children are having!

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  50. Music, costumes, colours, brilliant atmosphere... this looks like so much fun and my idea of a time well spent!

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  51. Photos are stunning. Looks such much fun

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  52. Some fantastic photos, but some extremely creepy costumes going on. I wonder if the kids have nightmares after.

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  53. Amazing. What colourful celebrations, great for the kids to get involved in rather than being secondary to the grown ups.

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  54. Oh wow, I love your pictures, they are so bright and colourful, and the children looked as though they are having so much fun. It really is a pleasure to view such fabulous fun loving pictures.

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