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Those two guys deserve an extra tip because they are so funny...
Two former members of the jester council, Manfred Lehmann and Berthold Damm, moderate the parade from the stage in front of the town hall. They give some explanations about the jester guild, the year's motto, the groups in the parade and talk a lot of silly stuff to entertain the crowd. Some grasp of the local dialect is useful to understand them.
Of course those two dress up, too. Like the groups from the town they adapt to the current motto. And it seems they are not scared of anything...
In 2009 the motto was "cinema". The two guys where the peasant and his wife - Berthold became charming Bertha.
In 2010 it was "music - from classic to rock" and they dressed up as rockers. Hilarious.
In 2011 they were the directors of the festival house. Very elegant in tailcoats and high hats.
Written Mar 15, 2011
Zell's jester guild has created unique jester types: Bändlenarro with a Häs made of coloured paper, Welschkornnarro with dry corn leaves, Spielkartennarro whose clothing is made from playing cards, and Schneckehüslinarro whose jacket, pants and hat are entirely covered in snail-shells.
Pictures of them all in my travelogue
In addition to the jester guild, kids and adults from the quarters of the town participate in the parade. Each quarter forms a large group with a common topic that befits the year's motto. Their presentations are done with lots of imagination and are fun to watch.
Zell's carnival parades take place on Carnival Sunday and Tuesday, both start at 14:00.
A footnote: In local dialect the Fastnacht is called "Fasend" (not "Fasnet" like in most of the Black Forest).
Updated Mar 15, 2011
The beginning of the Fastnacht celebrations is a goosebumping event. "Fasend", as it is called in local dialect, begins on Carnival Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Awakening of the Narro. The year before the Narro has been buried in the 'grave' at Storchenturm. Now his resurrection marks the beginning of the three festive days.
The council of the jester guild assemble on the stage at Storchenturm. The president of the guild reads the traditional speech, invoking the Narro to return to his humble people who have been awaiting another Fasend season in their serious daily lives.
Then the tomb opens and the jesters in full Häs appear one by one. Hundreds of them arise and walk out into town to form the Sunday parade.
Written Mar 3, 2010