zurich: city’s fasnacht too tame?

Posted on March 17, 2006


by julie galante 

Nevermind that Lent has already started – Zurichers braved the snow by the tens last weekend to revel in the streets with a bunch of funnily-dressed marching bands. I’m guessing that Zurich celebrates carnival the weekend after the rest of the world because all the good bands are busy during the real carnival playing in other cities. There are several other towns in Switzerland that host better-known carnivals.

The trams weren’t running that Sunday morning due to the snow piled up everywhere, so we had to walk to the center to watch the parade, which consisted entirely of marching bands, dance groups, and gaggles of witches. If anyone out there knows what witches have to do with carnival, please enlighten me.