Cliquen Parades at the Carnival of Basel

Key takeaway:

The Cliquen Parades at the Carnival of Basel are a vibrant and creative showcase of unity, where cliques bring their chosen themes to life through costumes, Larven, and performances. From tackling serious societal issues to celebrating the lighter side of life, the parades provide a platform for artistic expression and create an atmosphere of joy and thoughtfulness. The cliques' dedication, craftsmanship, and sense of humor ensure an entertaining and inspiring experience for all attendees.

Get ready to be swept away by the vibrant spirit of the Carnival of Basel and its Cortege. The Cortege (french for parade) is used by “Cliquen”, Guggenmusic and other participant groups of “Fasnächtler”. These processions are not only a visual and auditory spectacle but also a showcase of creativity, unity, and a whole lot of fun. Join us as we explore the world of Cliquen Parades and discover how the cliques bring their chosen themes to life through costumes and the iconic Basel masks called “Larven.”

The Power of Sujets: Choosing the Themes

Before the Cliquen Parades hit the streets of Basel, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes excitement. The cliques come together for Sujetsitzungen, brainstorming and discussing the themes, or “sujets,” for the upcoming Fasnacht. These themes can range from political and societal issues to inside jokes and lighthearted subjects. The cliques dive deep into their creative minds to choose a sujet that will entertain, inspire, and engage the audience.

From Ideas to Reality: Costumes and Larven

Once the sujets are decided, it’s time for the cliques to bring them to life through their costumes and Larven. Imagination runs wild as they transform their ideas into eye-catching outfits that perfectly capture the essence of their chosen themes. Elaborate and intricate, these costumes are a testament to the dedication and craftsmanship of the participants.

Expressing the Sujet: From Politics to Fun

As the Cliquen Parades make their way through the streets of Basel, the chosen sujets come to life. The cliques use their costumes, Larven, and performances to express their thoughts and opinions on a wide range of topics. From tackling political issues and societal matters to celebrating the lighter side of life, the parades become a canvas for creative expression.

With a dose of satire, the cliques add a touch of humor and playfulness to their sujets, ensuring that everyone can enjoy the spectacle. The Cliquen Parades create a dynamic atmosphere where laughter, thought, and joy mingle in perfect harmony.


The Cliquen Parades at the Carnival of Basel are not just about marching through the streets; they are an opportunity for the cliques to unleash their creativity, share their views, and have a whole lot of fun. From brainstorming sujets to bringing them to life through costumes and Larven, the cliques embody the spirit of the Basel Carnival. So, when you join the festivities, keep an eye out for the imaginative and captivating Cliquen Parades. Get ready to be entertained, inspired, and immerse yourself in the wonderful world of Basel’s Carnival.

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Bastian Peter

Bastian Peter is immersed all year in the Carnival of Basel. Since almost 20 years, Peter is the 'Larvenmacher' (mask maker) at the Atelier Charivari, and a dedicated devotee of the Carnival of Basel's traditions and culture. With nearly two decades of experience, he's been creating distinctive masks at the Larven Atelier Charivari, the family-run Larven Atelier in Basel, Switzerland, established in 1976.

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