Dos & Don‘ts
There aren't actually any official rules on how to behave during Basel Fasnacht, but locals attach importance to certain customs and recommendations. If you follow these, you'll soon feel like an insider.
Huge crowds always turn out for the Basel Morgestraich. So you should go early to the city centre to secure a place by the roadside with a good view. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and leave bulky bags at home. Agree on fixed meeting points and times with your companions in case you get separated from them. Darkness is key at Morgestraich. So don't let off any fireworks and don't use a flash if you take photos.
Only active Fasnacht participants wear costumes. Don't paint your face or wear a fake nose or a silly hat – none of this goes down well at Basel Fasnacht. Children are the only exception – even as spectators, they are allowed to dress up during the children's Fasnacht.
Food & drink
It is tradition to eat Mehlsuppe (flour soup) for the first time after Morgenstreich. Other typical dishes include onion and cheese quiche. Already before Fasnacht, various shops sell Fasnachtkiechli (disk-shaped sweet crackers dusted with icing sugar) and Faschtewajie (pretzel-shaped pastry with caraway seeds). It's no longer possible to discern the customs and practices behind these dishes. But the people of Basel don't mind – they enjoy their flour soup with or without cheese just the same.
Blaggedde (Fasnacht badge)
The Blaggedde (Fasnacht badge) in the shape of a brooch enjoys high repute in Basel. It is considered a small work of art with the ability to convey the motto of the current Fasnacht in a single image. The proceeds from the sale of the Blaggedde is also the Fasnacht’s main source of income. The badges are sold by street vendors and costumed participants as well as at some newsstands and special sales stands.
No confetti on maskers
Please don’t throw confetti at the maskers – it makes breathing under the head-mask extremely difficult. Also, do not pick up confetti from the street and throw it around.
Do not throw things into the crowd
Waggis and other figures on floats like to throw oranges and sweets into the crowd. Do not throw them back or into other parts of the audience, under any circumstances.
Enjoy Fasnacht with the due respect. Masked groups and individuals always have the right of way, so don’t hinder them, and please do not form human chains.
Best leave your car at home or use one of the car parks at the edge of town. The bus and tram schedules are duly adapted to the high visitor volume. During the cortège on Monday and Wednesday, some road sections are closed completely for a few hours.