Fire orgy with gummibaerli & guggenmusic

Some 17 kms away from Basel you will find a small and industrial town called Liestal. On the Sunday night after Mardi Gras, people from all surrounding villages gather for the Chienbesen parade, where giant bonfires are dragged through the medieval town on floats with onlookers brandishing flaming torches of pine branches above their heads in a very dramatic, ancient spectacle. The church regards the entire parade as diabolic in origin (makes sense), while the fire brigade regards it (also makes sense) as being dangerous to life and property.  Despite this I saw no devils nor did any people get hurt (even though the flames were as high as the houses and my main concern was to not get my eyebrows or hair burned off). When the parade was over we joined the local celebrations – with guggenmusic, bratwurst and gummibaerli drinks (do not know what it is, but it is horribly sweet). All in all a very alternative but good way to spend a Sunday evening!

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