A few weeks ago, we were at Jachen's dad's for dinner and he explained to me everything about Fasnacht and how it works. He is a Basel Fasnact expert because he has been a part of it for years. This was the first year he wasn't part of the parade though, but he did help in the planning of his group. It was interesting to learn how much organization and rules there were for this event. It was great to know back information. It was great to be there with him since he was part of the event and knew so much about the city. In Basel, Jachen and him took turns telling me about the city and filling me in on anything and everything. It was great to be there with Jachen and share this day with him. Jachen was born in Basel and went there as a child and teenager, but hasn't been back there for a few years so he really enjoyed being back. Basel is a very large beautiful city, but I only saw a small part of it. I hope to go back in the near future to see more.
Here are some photos of what we did before the celebration started at 2. We had a few hours until the craziness, officially, began.
This flute player in costume was just walking along the river playing.
The ferry we rode to cross the Rhine.
Jachen's dad's friends and group. Their theme was about the Rhine "traffic" so they were sailors.
Fasnacht Part Two