The Monday and Wednesday afternoons of Basler Fasnacht see thousands of people flock to the streets of Basel for the Parades. Coming from around Switzerland and further afield - the Waggis and the Lanterns are both highlights of the cortege.
The Waggis are, of course, unafraid of humans and can often be seen out and about "mingling" with the crowds and chucking confetti around the place with reckless abandon.
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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