The Basler Fasnacht is the biggest Parade in Switzerland.
The carnival lasts for exactly 72 hours and, therefore, ends on Thursday morning at 4:00 am. During this time the Fasnächtler (the participants) dominate the old town of central Basel, running free in the streets and restaurants. Basler Fasnacht is often referred to as die drey scheenschte Dääg (“the three most beautiful days”).
Morgestraich is next on Monday 02.03.2020 and starts at 4am and is the first parade of the Basel fasnacht parades. It is an incredible experiance for the whole family. All the street lights go out dead on 4am and the pipes and drums start up and the lanterns and thousands of people of all the different Basel Cliques (clubs) start marching around the town.
Cortége The parades taking place on Monday 02.03 from 14.00 and Wednesday afternoon 03.03 from 15.00 till close around 10pm are called Cortège and follow two defined ring routes: the inner ring runs clockwise, and the outer ring runs counterclockwise. The two routes are sometimes referred to as the blue and the red route because of their colour representation on the route map. Be prepared to be covered in confetti as the waggi’s (the costumes and masks they were on the floats) and they also hand out candy and other treats to the spectators.
Tuesday afternoon 03.03.2020 is the kids and family parade. It is a scaled down version for the kids so they get to parade around in the same style as the adults in thier own mini versions.
Tuesday 03.03.2020 night is Gugge music night. Marching brass bands playing Guggenmusik are another formation present during Carnival. Although the Guggemusik groups do not participate on Morgestreich, they march and play throughout Fasnacht, starting with the Cortège on Monday, and are showcased on Tuesday night when they perform in Guggekoncerts in various locations, Mainly Marktplatz and Barfusselplatz.