PelzmÃ¼hle 1, Elzach, Baden-Wurttemberg, 79215, Germany
Good for: Couples
Schuttigs and Rägemollis come in all sizes. For the young members of the jester guild in Elzach the Fasnet begins already on Thursday with the children's parade. Hundreds of little Schuttigs and Rägemollis parade the streets of the town. On Friday and Saturday you'll see kid-size Schuttigs in the streets, but no adult is allowed to wear...more
The Sunday night parade, which begins at 8 p.m. on Carnival Sunday, is the most impressive event of the whole Fasnet. All lights in town are turned out. The Schuttigs parade the dark streets with torches, which give a dramatic effect. The masks never look scarier. Highly recommended! More impressions here.Train travellers, hurry afterwards...more
The first big parade of Elzach's Fasnet starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Ladhof, East of the town centre, and leads along the main road to close to the train station and the same way back again, so you can watch them twice. If you want a good spot for taking photos be there by 14.30, better earlier.more
Warning: Spectators are not treated gently at the Elzach Fastnacht, no matter if they are locals or tourists! Being hit on the head by a pair of Saublodere swung by a big strong Schuttig does hurt, even though they are not meant to do real harm.
So here are a few 'survival tips' for scared first-timers:
# Don't stand in the front row - well, if you want to take photos you have no choice...
# Keep the belt of your camera round your wrist or neck all the time to prevent it from falling down. No one will attack the camera on purpose, but the Schuttigs don't see much through their masks and may hit or push you by mistake. This measure has already saved mine at least half a dozen times.
# Don't wear your Sunday best. Saublodere are smeary. You'll have to wash your jacket on Ash Wednesday - pick one that can be washed in your washing machine.
# Avoid wearing hats or caps (they will be taken and put onto somebody else's head.) A rainproof jacket with a hood is best on bad-weather days. No umbrellas please, they take everyone else's sight.
# (whispers) The safest place is close to a group of teenage girls who look like Elzach's dance floor queens because THEY will attract the guys' attention and get the hits.