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Sechseläuten Parade (Zürich)

Apr 13 - Apr 16

- Free
Sechselaeuten Zurich Children's Parade

Sechseläuten is a quintessential Zürich experience which should not be missed. To outsiders, this spring festival is best described as a kind of Groundhog Day with camels, a parade of men in medieval costume on horseback, and a snowman whose head explodes.

Sunday marks the traditional children’s parade:

Sechselaeuten Zurich Children's Parade

And Monday is a city wide holiday.

Most workers are off after 2 PM for the parade. The “Parade of Guilds” features up to 3500 men and women in traditional costumes, as well as the before-mentioned camels and horses. At 6 PM sharp, the bonfire topped by a snowman will be lit on fire and the count is on: How long will it take for the head to explode? The shorter, the better the expected weather conditions for summer.

Sechseläuten Zürich

After the guilds have completed the traditional part of the festival, the locals will meet up at the bonfire in front of the opera house for a down-to-earth tradition: The “common people” of Zürich will BBQ sausages in the gigantic fire and have a drink.

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