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Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht, the biggest carnival in Switzerland, starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasts three days. This year it took place during 19th - 21st February and like every year it attracted hundreds of thousands of people from far and near.

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht


If you have been following my blog, you would have read the other articles on Fasnacht 2018. Morgenstreich is the official start of the Fasnacht and 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.

There is no official procession on Tuesday; however, in the afternoon the children’s Fasnacht takes place followed by Gugge concerts in the inner-city in the evening.

The fun continues on Wednesday when there is another big procession (similar to Monday Cortege) in the afternoon. This time around, the groups may opt to begin the procession from a different venue than the one they started from during the Monday Cortege. Other than that the Wednesday procession is more or less similar to the Monday procession. But surely still a lot of fun.

This is followed by bigger Cliques taking to the streets in the night. And 72 hours after it begins, the Fasnacht ends at 4 am on Thursday morning. The carnival lasting 3 whole days is a wonderful way to experience the local traditions and culture.

Some photographs (below) from the Cortege on Wednesday for you to enjoy!
Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

Basel Fasnacht 2018 - The Wednesday Cortege

2 comments:

  1. I like the colourful costumes. Looks like a lot of fun.

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    1. Yes, it was a lot of fun - the carnival is spread over three days with parades and street music concerts.

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