Despite being the furthest away from being a grand exotic place, my hometown has something quite unique to offer: Fasnacht.
|These are inspired by Austrian Krampus costumes|
|"Saubachgeischter" climb everything|
Zunft originally meant "guild", and they are pretty much run as such. All members wear the same costume every year, and usually have various gatherings throughout the year for marching band practice and general merriment (and the occasional business deal). Many regulations can surround memberships, such as that it can only be passed on to the eldest son, which makes affiliation with a Zunft quite a tradition-laden affair. The traditional costumes are all hand made and very expensive (especially the carved wooden masks) and can cost Zunft members several thousand euros.
|Baroque style costumes|
Below are some snapshots and a video from the Sunday parade.
|"Gelbfuessler" - Yellow Feet|
|One of the newer, Predator inspired Zunft|
|New group, old style.|
|Lots of groups make their costumes entirely themselves|
|Parodies of existing uniforms or characters are common|