Fastnacht (7) - Villingen-Schwenningen The aristocratic fools

Here, the Fastnacht is more elegant than elsewhere. This is because the main character, the “Narro”, was born under the reign of Duke Albrecht of Austria (1326) who granted the good bourgeois the right to celebrate carnival as their tradition wanted.

Latest edition : 11 February 2018

Such a distinction was well worth the effort to create a more elegant mask and the "Narro" established himself as the aristocrat of the German fastnacht. Her outfit includes symbols of fertility and spring to announce the fight against winter, but also sausages and wine glasses. You have to do feast before Lent!


The most impressive accessories are the bronze balls which weigh 20 kg. It is by jumping that their carriers make them resonate. A real feat!


Not very convenient to wear either, the outfit of the "Wueschts" whose trousers are so stuffed with straw that they can hardly move forward. And yet, not only do they parade courageously, but in addition, they face in another carnival group during the tug-of-war competition!


Watch out for the "Stachi" recognizable by their blue blouse. The features of his mask are much less elegant, he seems more mocking.


Armed with a broom or long scissors, they like to grab hats and hats and annoy girls with a feather duster.


Very elegant, the “Morbili”, the kind ladies who accompany “Narro” and “Stachi”. They all have in common the mask which represents an old lady and a cap studded with flowers, but their dresses represent the various traditional outfits of Villingen.


The rallying cry to know in Villingen? "Rhabarber ahoi" and "Gizig, gizig, gizig isch de .....". Regulars will be happy to introduce you!


If the children glean candies and chocolates, the adults prefer to catch (and empty) the mignonnettes of brandy distributed generously by the madmen.


In Villingen-Schwenningen, the party continues for several days, until the evening of Shrove Tuesday ...