Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

The Guilds Parades and Maybe a Poor Summer?

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Sechseläuten 2018 and

The Guilds Parades

and Maybe a Poor Summer?

The Guilds Parades and Maybe a Poor Summer?

Monday 16th April 2018 was a half day holiday in Zurich and the city was packed with processions and parades and even the odd bear was spotted on the streets too!

Sechseläuten 2018 Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

As the Böögg stood awaiting his fate in Sechselaeutenplatz, the guilds marched through the streets on foot, on unicycle, on horseback and to music. Flowers were carried, flowers were given, there were flowers everywhere!

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

There were young and old, dark colours and bright costumes and a real party atmosphere.

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Photographer Geoff Pegler was in the city capturing some great shots of the parades as they passed by. So if you missed the processions – here are a few to set the scene.

Sechseläuten 2018 Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 Guilds Parades

The Parades of the Guilds at Sechselaeuten

The Parades of the Guilds at Sechselaeuten

The Guest City this year was Basel – so processions from Basel were very much in evidence too.

Basel Processions at Sechselaeuten 2018

Basel Processions at Sechselaeuten 2018

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Sechseläuten 2018 and The Guilds Parades

Basel Processions at Sechselaeuten 2018

Of course it all had to end eventually, and for the Böögg his fate had already been sealed. However on the stroke of 6pm when he was set alight, he proved he was in no hurry to go. Unfortunately for us that means the prediction for the Summer is not a good one! He took a full 20 minutes and 31 seconds to go! As we know, the longer he takes, the poorer the Summer will be. However, do bear in mind that the Böögg is a notoriously poor weatherman. So who knows?The Böögg Goes Up In Smoke In Zurich!

The fire continued to blaze on Sechseläutenplatz for a long while afterwards and the embers became a ready made grill to cook sausages! We hope you enjoyed the photos and had a great day – and hopefully a half day holiday too 🙂The Parades of the Guilds at Sechselaeuten

Find out more about Sechselaeuten and the Böögg here or visit the website here.

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All photos by Geoff Pegler 

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