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!!