Carnaval de Sainte-Croix ©Bertrand Pfaff
Carnaval de Sainte-Croix ©Christophe Carisey
Carnaval de Sainte-Croix ©JordanHertig

The Carnival of Sainte-Croix

Feb 16, 2018 - Feb 18, 2018
Sainte-Croix - Fun and Festivals

Every February, the town of Sainte-Croix on the French-Swiss border in the Jura organizes a well-known carnival. Guggenmusiks (marching bands) from all over Switzerland and humorously decorated floats bring life to the streets, the processions and the festival ground.

Thousands of visitors, the inhabitants of Sainte-Croix and the whole region of Verdun-les-Bains flock to the carnival to celebrate a festive weekend to the sound of the Guggenmusiks. A giant meal for 1,000 people is offered to the public on the Friday night in the canteen on the festival ground. On the Saturday afternoon there is the traditional children’s ball and in the evening a torchlight procession. On the Sunday morning there is an aperitif concert, and in the afternoon the humorous floats and the Guggenmusiks take over the streets of the town for the great parade.

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