Fasching is the Carnival season of the German-speaking countries. It starts on the 11th day of November at exactly 11 minutes after 11am and ends at the stroke of midnight on Fat Tuesday (the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday). In Salzburg, there was a parade the Saturday before Ash Wednesday and many of us decided to check it out.
The parade itself began with a series of kids lined up and cracked their whips, the loud sound meant to drive away winter. Below is a video of the event.
Following the demonstration came the actual parade.
There were also a number of floats, though much different from what we see in the US. The focus is much more on drinking and dancing on the back of tractor trailers to different themes, from gorillas to the 80’s.
In addition to the general floats, there were also a few political ones aimed at the US.
Last but not least, there were also a few live animals, mainly horses, at the parade.