The Monday

Morgenstreich

Beginning

The Basel Fasnacht begins at 4 am on the dot on the Monday after Ash WednesdayInfoAsh WednesdayThe start of the season of Lent.. Then all the city lights are extinguished and thousands of drummers and flute players begin the opening notes to the marching music entitled, not coincidentally, ‘Morgestraich’.
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Monday Afternoon

The Big Procession

On Monday afternoon the big procession or ‘CortegeInfoCortegeThe Fasnacht parade on Monday and Wednesday afternoon.’ takes place. The ‘Cortege’ is carried out through the Fasnacht CommitteeInfoFasnacht CommitteeThe Fasnacht committee is responsible for the smooth running of Fasnacht. and starts at 1:30 pm. In this procession the ‘Gugge musicInfoGugge musicBrass and percussion carnival band or music. Originally cacophonous, nowadays more harmonious.’ groups perform as well as the CliquesInfoCliquesCliques refer to the bigger groups which include drummers and flutists.. In addition other groups as ‘ChaisenInfoChaiseIs a carriage with costumed figures.’, ‘WagenInfoWagenIs a wagon which is pulled by a vehicle and which is filled with flowers, confetti, and candy.’ and ‘EinzelmaskenInfoEinzelmaskenThis refers to an individual in costumes who marches alone.’ take part. The ‘Cortege‘ lasts until 6:15 pm.
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Monday Night

Criss-crossing through the alleyway

After the big procession (‘CortegeInfoCortegeThe Fasnacht parade on Monday and Wednesday afternoon.’) the groups retire to dinner. In the evening the CliquesInfoCliquesCliques refer to the bigger groups which include drummers and flutists. but also individual musicians, alternative cliques and ‘Gugge musicInfoGugge musicBrass and percussion carnival band or music. Originally cacophonous, nowadays more harmonious.’ bands take to the streets, alleyways and squares of the city.
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