Photographer's Note

As I promised, I am going to post at least a few photos shot at the Luzern Carnival - Luzerner Fasnacht 2013.

This is the 1st photo in the series. It was shot during the opening ceremony of the Carnival.

Officially, the Carnival is opened on Dirty Thursday by Brother Fritsch and his followers at 5 AM.
By 5 AM tens of thousands of people gather around the fountain on Kapellplatz (which is right next to the hotel where I was staying).

I was very excited about the ceremony as I heard that it’s very important to catch an orange (which Brother Fritsch and his followers would throw to the gathered people) for good luck :)

I went out of the hotel every half an hour since 3:30 AM, hoping to find the best place nearest to the fountain - to shoot photos and catch an orange :)
But the place was empty! only a few sellers were preparing their goods for sale.

When I came out of the hotel to the fountain at 4:30 AM and asked a seller where all the people were (as the opening ceremony was about to start) she answered with a smile: “Don’t worry, they WILL come! thousands of them!”

this time I did not go to the hotel and remained outside, but it was snowing pretty heavily!
and THEY came… thousands of them, they flooded the whole little place, all of a sudden, wearing incredible, crazy, picturesque costumes… and perhaps I was the only one who was not wearing a carnival costume :( But next time perhaps I will :)

… then at around 5 AM the lights went out and the place deepened into total darkness.
an then at 5 AM we heard a big “BANG” - a cannon fired and thus signalled the beginning of the Carnival.

…a few minutes later Brother Fritsch and his followers came accompanied by musicians..
…and a few more minutes later they started throwing oranges to the people :)

You can only imagine how I was managing to shoot photos, holding the camera with one hand, at the same time trying to catch a flying orange with the other hand! :))

One orange hit my camera but fortunately missed the lens!

Guess if I managed to catch an orange?… ;-)

In the photo: Brother Fritsch and his wife, „Fritschene“…

More info about the Carnival - here.

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