Fasching! (Carnival Season)

Dance girls at Fasching in Rieden am Forggensee, 5D Mark III | 85mm 1.2L II at 1.2.

Fasching is Germany’s carnival season. In Bavaria where I live, it’s taken very seriously! It starts November 11th, and lasts a couple of months until Shroud Tuesday. It is basically a Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox celebration. It’s a time where people let their hair down, dress up and drink lots of beer. Although not an official holiday, everything grinds to a halt around Fasching. In many towns, there are Faschingsumzug, or parades. Here everyone that has dressed up has a chance to act silly with their friends.

Fasching is a party time and lots of fun. I went along to one of the local village’s parade in Rieden am Forggensee, near Fussen. To be successful at Fasching, you need a crazy costume, lots of beer and good friends!

Here are some photos from the day. All taken with the 85L. It’s slow focus was an issue at times, but I did manage to get a few keepers.