The Cortège: The Heart of the Carnival of Basel

Basel’s vibrant tradition, the Basler Fasnacht, is full of unique and memorable events. One such event that draws crowds in their thousands is the Cortège, the carnival’s main parade.

The Parade that Captures Imagination: What is the Cortège?

The Cortège is a captivating spectacle where thousands of participants, known as “Fasnächtler,” showcase their artistic prowess through elaborate floats, music, and costumes. This parade is more than just a procession; it’s a colourful display of creativity that brings joy to spectators.

When the Streets of Basel Come Alive: Cortège Schedule

Mark your calendars, as the Cortège takes place on Monday and Wednesday afternoons during the Basler Fasnacht. Starting at 1:30 pm and continuing until around 6 pm, these afternoons promise a visual treat that shouldn’t be missed.

A Route Through Basel’s Heart

The parade follows a pre-defined route, meandering through Basel’s iconic landmarks including the Barfüsserplatz, the Wettsteinbrücke, and the Marktplatz. As part of the festivities, participants also distribute sweets, flowers, and other gifts to spectators, heightening the carnival spirit.

Join the Celebration

The Cortège is an integral part of the Basler Fasnacht, offering a unique window into Basel’s cultural heritage and artistic expression. If you’re planning to attend the carnival, make sure you witness the Cortège – a colourful extravaganza that’s sure to leave a lasting impression.

Picture of Bastian Peter

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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