Fasnacht, the oldest and biggest carnival in Europe, begins on Monday morning at 4am and ends on Thursday morning at 4am. We got home late Tuesday night. So after Joe left for NYC, we thought we'd try to experience at least a little bit of this wild tradition.
Thankfully, our friends the Nordstroms, called us up to see if we'd like to join them. So we spent all Wednesday learning about the Waggis and how to run up and get these crazy masked people to give you all sorts of goodies. We learned that you have to be wearing the right Fasnacht pin on your clothing or they will come up to you and shove HUGE amounts of confetti down your backs (still finding pieces of confetti in jackets, the stroller and the car by the way...)
They use this time to make political statements to display their feelings about issues that they feel passionate about...some are really funny, some are cute, some are strange, some are gross, some are frightening... But it was really interesting to be in the middle of it all.
Next year we will have to get up and be at the city at 4am when the whole thing kicks off. I've heard it's pretty incredible. And maybe we will hit the day for children instead of the Wednesday parade... it might keep the nightmares away ;)