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Impressions from the Zürich Carnival Parade 2012

ZüriCarneval Zurich Carnival Witch

Some parts of Switzerland actually have five seasons, with carnival season being squeezed in between winter and spring.

Carnival in Switzerland is such an integral part of life in some regions that business virtually shuts down from Thursday before Ash Wednesday through Ash Wednesday. Even the most conservative folks from near and far will emerge in their colorful, scary, or otherwise outlandish costumes to celebrate the Swiss carnival.

Restaurants and bars all over the country are being visited by local Guggemusig bands. These marching bands of a different kind are usually rooted in local history and are popular among most townspeople.

The Gugge provide lavish musical entertainment in the form of popular Fasnacht classics such as “Rivers of Babylon”, “When the Saints Go Marching In”, or “Cotton-Eyed Joe”.

So it happened in Zürich and other towns across Switzerland in 2012. Turn up your speakers, play this soundtrack, and enjoy our impressions from the ZüriCarneval 2012:

Carnival Parades in Switzerland - Zurich Carnival
Zürich Carnival 2012 - Lady Killers
Zürich Carnival 2012 - Lady Killers
Zürich Carnival 2012 - Lady Killers
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012 - Peru
Zürich Carnival 2012
Zürich Carnival 2012
ZüriCarneval Zurich Carnival Brass Band
ZüriCarneval Zurich Carnival Pig Costumes
ZüriCarneval Zurich Carnival Pig Costumes

Dimitri Burkhard

As the founder, editor, and community manager of Newly Swissed, Dimitri owns the strategic vision. He is passionate about storytelling and is a member of Swiss Travel Communicators.

Dimitri loves discovering new trends and covers architecture, design, start-ups and tourism.

Dimitri Burkhard

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