Not an official procession
On Fasnacht Tuesday there is no official procession (‘CortegeCortegeThe Fasnacht parade on Monday and Wednesday afternoon.’) and as a result there is no official start time to the day’s beginnings. Everyone who participates in Fasnacht is free to do as they please which is why this day happens to be the most popular of the three days of Fasnacht. All of Basel is lit up with the excitement and colorful activities of both the visitors but also the groups and Cliques.
Tuesday morning is relatively quiet. Many of the participants will still be feeling the effects of Monday’s celebrations and therefore the processions and activities tend to begin a bit later. However, a few groups can be seen marching in the street.
The fun and mischief of Fasnacht begins long before darkness sets in. In the inner city the tram service is stopped from 1pm onwards. Then 'WagenWagenIs a wagon which is pulled by a vehicle and which is filled with flowers, confetti and candy.’ and ‘ChaisenChaiseIs a carriage with costumed figures.’ are permitted to carry children.
Therefore also children take the main stage on Tuesday. Small children that are too young to be a member of the CliquesCliquesCliques refer to the bigger groups which include drummers and flutists. or the ‘Gugge musicGugge musicBrass and percussion carnival band or music. Originally cacophonous, nowadays more harmonious.’ groups are given the chance to experience Fasnacht. Many of them are of course accompanied by their parents. Often they can be seen wearing self made costumes and masks (‘LarvenLarveLarve are masks which are in part made of laminated paper.’). They also tend to give out candy and throw confetti (‘RäppliRäppliIn Basel they say Räppli instead of confetti.’) at unsuspecting passersby.
Gugge concerts in the inner-city
On Tuesday night the inner-city is reserved for ‘Gugge musicGugge musicBrass and percussion carnival band or music. Originally cacophonous, nowadays more harmonious.’ groups. In the squares of Barfürsserplatz, Marktplatz and Claraplatz they will play both popular and lesser known melodies from 7:30 pm.