Basler Fasnacht, or Basel Carnival, is one of the most vibrant and eagerly anticipated events in Basel’s cultural calendar. It is a traditional carnival celebration unique to the city and holds a special place in the hearts of its residents.

Basler Fasnacht takes place annually, starting on the Monday after Ash Wednesday and lasting for exactly three days. The carnival is marked by elaborate parades, colorful costumes, masked figures, and lively music.

One of the highlights of Basler Fasnacht is the Morgestraich, which marks the start of the carnival. At precisely 4 a.m., the city’s lights are switched off, and thousands of participants carrying lanterns march through the dark streets, accompanied by piccolo and drum music.

Throughout the carnival, different “Fasnacht cliques” perform their unique musical and theatrical acts at various locations across the city. Visitors can enjoy the festive atmosphere, dance to the lively tunes, and witness the creativity and humor of the carnival participants.

Basler Fasnacht is deeply rooted in local tradition and cultural heritage. It is a time of revelry, laughter, and camaraderie, allowing locals and visitors alike to embrace the spirit of the carnival and experience Basel’s unique cultural identity.

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