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The badge: costume checked and approved
Is there an autobus that goes from Rottweil to Dunningen? To Hausen am Tann?
To: Hausen am Tann
For both places you'll have to choose from a list of bus stops. Kirche (church) and Rathaus (town hall) are always an idea for something central.
AST = Anrufsammeltaxi
this is a mini bus which runs only on request. You can find the phone number to call in advance under details.
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Capital of the Alemannic Carnival
If there's any alemannic Fastnacht that's widely known and even shown live on TV, it's the "Narrensprung" in Rottweil in the morning of carnival Monday. Rottweil's fame is justified. So far I have never seen more precious and elaborate masks and costumes anywhere else. In addition to the five main types of "Narrenkleider" (costumes) there are a couple of single figures and the remarkable groups with the "horses".
As soon as the bell on the black tower tolls eight, the Narrensprung parade starts. Spectators have to get up early. On Monday morning the town will be overrun by tour buses, accommodation has to be booked very very well in advance.
HINT: There is another Narrensprung on Tuesday morning (again 8.00) which is just like the one on Monday, and on Tuesday they're even doing another parade in the early afternoon. See Rottweil's Fastnacht on Tuesday instead of Monday. There are much less visitors in town, and accommodation from Monday to Tuesday is easier to get. I'd recommend staying overnight.
See my travelogue page for more photos and details on Rottweil's so very special carnival.
The Tuesday Morning Parade (8:00)
The Narrensprung parade on Tuesday morning, again 8 a.m., is just like the one on Monday - maybe a bit shorter, but it doesn't matter much whether you watch 3.500 or 2.500 jesters. Otherwise, it's the same, you won't miss anything. The crowds, however, will be half the amount. The town is still busy enough, but finding a spot with good visibility will be easier. All the photos on this page were taken on Carnival Tuesday 2007.
Since spectators have to get up early I recommend staying overnight. Accommodation from Monday to Tuesday will be much easier to get, even short-term, than for the night before.
As soon as the bell on the Black Tower tolls eight, the Narrensprung parade starts. Be there at least half an hour earlier. The jesters emerge from the gate of the Black Tower and parade down Hauptstraße, the main street. Beyond the main crossing the participants take different routes through the narrow back streets to Hochbrücke, the bridge southwest of the old town, where the parade is reformed. The second part leads through the Hochbrückstraße to Friedrichsplatz.
If you stand in Hauptstraße, move and find a new spot for the second part as soon as the whole parade has passed, so you'll be able to see it twice.
"Aufsagen" - Telling The Past Year's News
After the parades the jesters wander around for the Aufsagen - telling the past years' news and complaints to anyone who wants to, or is forced to, listen. Most of them make an album with drawings and paintings to illustrate the stories they want to share.
Hidden underneath mask and Narrenkleid one can say everything. Of course they pick their listeners carefully if they have the chance. The town's mayor, for example, will learn a lot these days...
A former minister of the federal state of Baden-Württemberg told me about her visit to the Rottweil Fastnacht while she was still in office - one jester told her so many insider stories about her ministry that she recognized a certain staff member.
Photo 1: The red Schantle on the left obviously has news to tell that also interests the other jesters.
Photo 2 and 3: I was able to look over his shoulder but was too far away to understand what the Biss was saying, but the picture suggests it was about the county savings bank (Kreissparkasse). The drawing in his album shows crests, probably of surrounding towns, and the red symbol of an "S" with a dot in each corner - the logo of the Sparkasse.
Photo 4: Another Biss is telling news to a group of spectators in the streets.
The Guild's Rules How To Get A Narrenkleid
Becoming member of the Fastnacht guild in Rottweil and getting a Narrenkleid is no easy affair. First, only people who either were born in Rottweil or have been living there for at least 15 years and speak the local dialect are accepted. Only these may apply for a Narrenkleid. Each year the guild accepts a very limited number of new costumes. The permissions to get one are drawn in a lottery among the applicants. The winner then may have it made at his/her own costs, and these things cost several thousands of €€€!
Every jester in the parade wears the badge with the black eagle saying "Original Rottweiler Narrenkleid", usually attached to the left side of the headcover. The guild has strict regulations about the costumes, what they have to look like, which artisans are allowed to make them, etc. to keep the tradition pure. Every new one has to be presented and accepted. Nobody is allowed to participate in the parade without this badge.
5 NARRENKLEIDER: Gschell
One of the five types of Narrenkleider (costumes) the members of the guild wear. There are hundreds of examples of each type. The all follow the same rules, but since each of them is individually made, they are all different in details.
The Gschell is a more feminine variety of the Biss and often worn by women and children. Instead of the cock feathers the Biss has, three fox tails are attached to the head.
Both Biss and Gschell carry bells on leather belts round their body.
Photo 1: This Gschell looks like a newly made Narrenkleid. The leather looks new, and it's got only two of the black and yellow ribbons each participant receives before the parade, the ones for 2006 and 2007. So this costume was worn for the first time in 2006.
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