Carnival

Schnitzelbänke

Over 100 groups of Schnitzelbank singers perform their satirical songs in city centre bars and restaurants on the Monday and Wednesday evening of Fasnacht. 

Using different melodies and lyrics composed in the local Basel dialect, they poke fun at the «sujets» - well-known events and personalities of the previous year. 

The individual verses are illustrated with pictures, known as «Helgen», and always culminate with an unexpected amusing or sardonic punch line. 

You can also hear many of the Schnitzelbank groups on Tuesday evening, when they tour the different cliques' pubs and cellars performing their songs.