Fasnacht Part I

Thursday, February 7, 2013

I'm like crazy excited about Fasnacht (Carnival) being here. Every year at this time Luzern is transformed in to an organized chaos. Floats, bars on wheels, people drinking everywhere, parties, insane costumes, confetti, drums, brass band music 24/7. Last year on my way to the station for work there were still people out at 7am partying. I love it - it's such a fun atmosphere! Some people leave the city for these days but I always want to get the most out of it. By day it's a little more calm with parades and everyone dressed up enjoying street food and the bands that are playing everywhere but by night...it's insane. I can't even describe it...

This year *this morning!* I finally was able to catch the 5am kick off and it was awesome! Who doesn't love a beer and hot dog for breakfast??? My friends and I met at around 4:45 and walked to the center where it all begins. About 5 minutes until 5 (the Swiss are still punctual even at this event)...all of the lights outside go off and everyone watches a boat with the Safran Guild (the original Luzern guild) arriving to the dock...they stand on it in costume all eery and quiet with candles and then some fireworks and canons go off, confetti rains over the city...and they start dancing like crazy people - and this marks the beginning! it was followed by a parade of bands in costume through the old town. We walked around to see what was going then I came back. It's almost 1pm and I still hear band music everywhere, even on our street...thank goodness Wesley can sleep through it! We're about to head out soon for some street food and to catch another parade...wondering what Wesley will think :)

//These photos are taken from a local radio stations website - I'll share some of my favorites soon!!

22 comments:

Hollie said...

This sounds like so much fun! And really, who doesn't need an excuse to have beer for breakfast?!

Cara said...

kinda scary no?! lol

Lilac and Grey

Elle Sees said...

This sounds really fun!

Bogi Bog said...

Amazing photos! I like carnivals!

christinerojas said...

ummm... this is AMAZING! I;ve never seen anything like it!

LyddieGal said...

that sounds like such a blast! enjoy every moment!
Chic on the Cheap

ivy's closet said...

Wow, does this coincide with lent or anything. Definitely, a unique time!

Harija said...

love the photos =)

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Christianna said...

Gah, I can only imagine how awesome this must be! And it's so much easier to imagine it this time around since I've actually been there now! Have so much fun and a little extra for me!

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

wow this looks AMAZING!!
xo,
nancy

Dancing Branflake said...

I would wake up early for that. By the way, I'm going to visit you. I don't know when or how, but I'm going to cross this digital boundary and I'm going analog.

Bobbi Arbore said...

Looks like a LOT of fun. Carnival is beginning to take place here too and even if I won't be dressing up I can't wait!!

Blicious said...

wow, sounds like so much fun! great pics!
xx
b

Amanda said...

Oh my gosh, awesome!! We have been wanting to make a trip back to Switzerland... and I think we should plan it for next year's Fasnacht!!

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I wish I could go - it sounds like a lot of fun!

xoxo,
Chic 'n Cheap Living

Metropolitan Mum said...

Organised chaos. Sounds very Swiss :)

his little lady said...

These pictures are absolutely stunning!
xo TJ

Lady Grey said...

It sounds like a total blast! If I ever visit there one day, I hope to time it right so I can experience this : )

little t said...

WOW- looks unreal!

Selma @ Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Believe it or not, but I know who's under that Elephant thing. :) I know that Guuggemusig and its members. ;)

Gosh darn it I miss it

xoxo

ohseems said...

wow! this seems like a lot of fun!! I just realized that I've been to Luzern. The place with the carved lion right?

Annie said...

How fun!! Love the last pic

 

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