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Basel Carnival in March (Strasbourg)

Has anyone ever been to the Basel Carnival? It's supposed to be very special, especially the lanterns walk at the very beginning of the day, on March 14th.

It's a Monday, so if you are interested, that leaves you some time to negociate a day off from the office (unless you are free-lance like me !)...

Basel is about one hour away from Strasbourg, and the best way to go on this night is by train (there is an extra night train with special fares), so think about it, and I hope we can plan that with a little (or a big) group :-)

Hope to hear from you soon !
Have a nice week everyone,

Kathleen

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Basel is rightly famous for its carnival tradition. Everyday life comes to a stand-still as thousands of revellers enjoy "die drey scheenschte Dääg" (the three most beautiful days).
On the Monday after Ash Wednesday, the city awakes with the "Morgestraich". When the clocks strike four, all the lights in the city centre are extinguished. Played on thousands of piccolos and accompanied by just as many drums, the traditional and somewhat archaic-sounding melody of the "Morgestraich" fills every street and alley of the city. The only light sources are the big lanterns of the Fasnacht groups, the pole lanterns of the preceding "Vortrab" who clear the way for them, and the head lanterns on the masks of all participants. On Monday and Wednesday afternoon, all registered groups ("Clique") march in procession on a prescribed route through the streets on both sides of the Rhine.

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Train leaving at 1.20 from Strasbourg
Return ticket : 29 € for 1 to 5 adults.

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