Basler Fasnacht kicks off each year with the Morgenstreich Procession through the old town of Basel . Lanterns lampooning the events of the year gone by are accompanied by the piccolo players - hence the phrase "Politics and Piccolo".
While some of the subjects are hyperlocal - the dry Basler humour is just as easily turned to international affairs of importance. Often cutting right through to the bone.
Even if the hyperlocal subjects are lost on you, the workmanship and efforts put into the producing the lanterns are impressive.
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Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook