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The Lucerne Carnival
For many people of Lucerne Carnival is the most beautiful time of the year. Each time, it starts on Fat Thursday with the Big Bang. Three big parades are among the highlights of Lucerne Carnival.
Strange characters with fantastic masks and costumes parade along the narrow streets while groups of carnival musicians (“Guggenmusigen”) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and thousands of bizarrely clad people dance away the spirits of winter. More …
The wearing of masks in Lucerne is a tradition that goes back centuries. The town's Maskenliebhaber-Gesellschaft (MLG – Society of Mask Devotees) came into being over 180 years ago with the aim of preserving and promoting the custom. More …
While Carnival in Lucerne is dominated by Guggen musicians, the neighbouring borough of Kriens is still more the home of the traditional "Fasnacht". The people of Kriens are not only proud of their carnival tradition, but especially of their very own carnival characters and the hand-carved wooden masks. More …