The Fasnacht Carnival of Basel, Switzerland, takes place annually between February and March and is the largest in the country.
Three days of parades, costumes, floats and marching bands begin at 4:00 am with the lantern parade of Morgestraich. Satirical and political themes are displayed as a huge parade tours the darkened city streets.
Approximately 18,000 participants dress up in a variety of costumes over the course of the festival and take to the streets. Whole families participate and the sound of pipers and drummers can be heard everywhere. Some believe that confetti was originally invented in Basel and spectators run the risk of being confetti-bombed during the course of events. Two weeks later and I am still picking out small strands of coloured paper from the recesses of my pockets!
It’s a great fun event, a colourful winter spectacle, with some wonderful European street food on offer and perfect for photography.
All images taken with an iPhone X.