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27-FEB-2012 RenÚ Gysi

Carneval of Basel


The Carnival of Basel is the biggest carnival in Switzerland and takes place annually between February and March in Basel. It has been listed as one of the top fifty local festivities in Europe.

The Basler Fasnacht starts on the Monday after Ash Wednesday at precisely 4:00 am with the so-called Morgestraich. The carnival lasts for exactly 72 hours and, therefore, ends on Thursday morning at 4:00 am. During this time the Fasnńchtler (the participants) dominate the old town of central Basel, running free in the streets and restaurants. Basler Fasnacht is often referred to as die drey scheenschte Dńńg ("the three most beautiful days").

Unlike the Carnival celebrations held in other cities on the Rhine (such as those in Cologne, Mainz and DŘsseldorf), the Basel Carnival displays a clear separation between participants and spectators.

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NealyBob19-Jun-2012 10:48
Fantastic capture of this creepy dude~!V
Aivar Mikko16-Apr-2012 16:36
What a monster! But nice shot!
Chris Spracklen11-Apr-2012 21:00
Superb capture of this horrific character, Rene. *V*
Dennis Hoyne10-Apr-2012 02:37
Excellent shot!
Pierre07-Mar-2012 17:18
Un personnage tout à fait magnifique! V
Gary Hebert04-Mar-2012 13:26
wow... wouldn't want my grandson's to see this guy... excellent color and details René.. V.
pascal03-Mar-2012 16:59
Wow ! Great !
Paolo Peggi (aka Bracciodiferro)03-Mar-2012 13:40
Cool shot! V+
Michel Jasmin03-Mar-2012 03:14
Excellent René
Graeme02-Mar-2012 10:36
Fabulous costume & portrait, Rene.VV
January Grey02-Mar-2012 07:28
A head hunter for sure! Terrific candid portrait of this ghoulish monster! V~
Marc Demoulin02-Mar-2012 07:01
Wonderful scary capture Rene!! vVv
Helen Betts01-Mar-2012 21:52
Oh, this is a wonderful portrait, very colorful and quite an interesting face. I love these carnivals, and didn't realize they had them in so many places! V.
Torben Jorgensen01-Mar-2012 16:41
Lots of detail here. Looks scary but nice colours. V
Walter Otto Koenig01-Mar-2012 15:34
A great portrait with all these details. This fellow seems a little high strung. "V"
an nguyen01-Mar-2012 14:25
Excellent .
David Hobbs01-Mar-2012 12:03
He seems to be taking life a little TOO intensely ... perhaps a nice soothing cup of herbal tea might help. :o)))
Neal Nye01-Mar-2012 11:55
I bet the poor guy has trouble finding a date! A super catch!
Irene Wehrli01-Mar-2012 10:33
Uuuuhhhuuu - ein furchteinflössender Typ, gut gemachtes Bild René!
Guest 01-Mar-2012 10:13
Excellent work. V.