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Luzern Carnival

Fancy Dress and Partying

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By coincidence my stay in Switzerland coincided with the annual four day Lucerne Carnival culminating in a big parade on the Monday before Shrove Tuesday. A major feature of the parade are the "Guggemuusige" or improvised (masked) bands and we began our visit by joining the crowds watching them lining the Seebrucke Bridge.

A Band crossing the Seebrucke Bridge during Luzern Carnival

A Band crossing the Seebrucke Bridge during Luzern Carnival


Luzern Carnival

Luzern Carnival


Luzern Carnival

Luzern Carnival

Amongst the bands there were also many elaborate floats, most of which had very dark themes.

One of the many floats at Luzern Carnival

One of the many floats at Luzern Carnival

And it wasn't just the parade members that dress up but about 90% of the spectators as well! We couldn't get fancy dress at short notice (apparently dour reformist Zurich doesn't go in for that sort of thing and leaves the partying to Catholic Lucerne) but nobody seemed to care and we had a great time.

Carnival goer at Luzern Carnival

Carnival goer at Luzern Carnival


Me at Luzern Carnival

Me at Luzern Carnival

When the parade was over we sampled some of the history of this beautiful medieval city with its famous 14th century covered wooden pedestrian bridge (seriously damaged by fire in 1993 but now restored) and narrow streets.

The Kapelbrucke Bridge in Luzern

The Kapelbrucke Bridge in Luzern


Rathausquai during the Carnival with the Jesuit Church on the other side of the river

Rathausquai during the Carnival with the Jesuit Church on the other side of the river

Meanwhile the partying was set to continue right through the night. The bands were now making impromptu performances around Lucerne including on some steps by the river.

Band playing on the steps during Luzern Carnival

Band playing on the steps during Luzern Carnival


Luzern Carnival

Luzern Carnival


Luzern Carnival in full swing on Rathausquai

Luzern Carnival in full swing on Rathausquai

Posted by FrancisRTW 02:00 Archived in Switzerland Tagged bridges snow city party videos

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