I didn’t have a chance to post this yesterday, so today you get my final Fasnacht 2016 post instead of Friday letters.
Immediately after the Morgenstreich on Monday, Jan had to go to Germany for work. He got back on Wednesday evening, so I suggested that we meet in town to see what was going on. The official parade was over, but lots of groups were still wandering (or driving) around town, handing out sweets and flowers, getting rid of the last of their confetti and playing music. It took me nearly 20 minutes to cross the Mittlere Brücker (Middle Bridge) to get to where I was meeting Jan!
Above: walking through relatively empty side streets to get across town.
Below: the chaos I encountered on reaching the bridge!
We met at Claraplatz and then had a slow wander back towards town to see what we could find. There was confetti everywhere! I pity whoever had to clean it all up!
Eventually we decided to find a Cliquenkeller (clique’s cellar) to go into. They’re only open to the public on Fasnacht and occasionally for tours. They sell relatively cheap food, so we each had some Wienerli mit Härdäpfelsalat (that’s Wiener/Frankfurter sausages with potato salad to you and me!).
Another tradition at Fasnacht is the Schnitzelbangg or Schnitzelbank, which is a type of rhyming song with a comedic twist. The singers of such songs, known as Schnitzelbänkler, go into the various Cliquenkeller in the evenings during Fasnacht and perform. Just before we left, such a group came in. They called themselves Schnitzelpunk and carried an electric guitar with a mini amp – not very traditional but great fun! They stayed for one song, so we did too.
Apologies for the crap photo!
I assume everybody else carried on partying well into the night, making the most of the last few hours of Fasnacht. We, however, had to work the next day, so we left the Cliquenkeller and went to catch a tram home.
I have also learned that the small town we live in is actually having its Fasnacht celebrations on Saturday (the three Fasnacht days aren’t public holidays outside of Basel-Stadt), so we will get to see a parade after all, albeit a slightly smaller one!