A woman dressed as a Smurf in a procession at the Fribourg Carnival.
ONE OF the first carnivals in the Swiss calendar to greet the coming Spring, Fribourg’s “Carnaval des Bolzes” this year brought large, familial crowds to the streets of its Old Town on the surprisingly warm and sunny third Sunday in February.
This medieval jewel of a city, one of the country’s hilliest and most dramatic due to its setting along the crest and down the sides of a deep valley, may not host the largest, oldest nor most organised carnival. But that only adds to the feeling of spontaneity, sweetness, and homemade-ness that makes it all the more endearing.
Take a look at some of the many faces, old and young, that brought the day alive with their color and enthusiasm, and some city perspectives that served as a spectacular backdrop for all the festivities.
What’s been your favourite carnival so far this year? I’d love to know which one and why… Please let me know in the Comments below.