2019-08-23 detail of the parade for the ESAF by mona65

2019-08-23 detail of the parade for the ESAF

My city is host of the ESAF Eidgenössisches Schwinger und Älplerfest, that takes place every 3 years in a different part of Switzerland. Its a huge traditional event for the Swiss National Sport the “Schwingen”. Also known as Swiss wrestling and natively as Hosenlupf (Swiss German for "breeches-lifting").

Our city has a total population of 30,205 inhabitants and we expect in the next two days, roughly 400’000 guests. This is the biggest festival our town has ever seen.

The event opened with the flag reception and the subsequent big parade through the city of Zug to the Arena. The streets were lined with thousands (50’000 – 60’000) of spectators.
The colorful parade was under the motto "Tradition meets cosmopolitan Zug" and our guilds (carpenters, copers and wood turners), formations in traditional uniforms like the Zuger Beresina Grenadiers and several harmony music bands took part. As well as the well-known Yodler Groups, the colour guards (flag spinners) and a huge Alphorn formation embodied the native customs.

And of course, the nicely decorated cows with imposing bells that have been awarded in recent years.
Wow. What an event. I wanted to ask about cows’ horns. They look kind of weird, pointing in random directions. Are those real?
August 23rd, 2019  
Great capture
August 23rd, 2019  
WOW, it sounds like an awesome festival and you will be in the middle of it all! I know you will have your camera ready to capture all of it for us to see. Love this image too and I thought that the bells are HUGE. I hope they are not too heavy for the cows.
August 23rd, 2019  
Wonderful capture, and impressive bells!
August 23rd, 2019  
A lovely image and huge cow bells! Looking forward to more images of this festival.
August 23rd, 2019  
What an influx of people!
Love this image...really captures the atmosphere
August 23rd, 2019  
I hope we get to see lots of pictures.
August 24th, 2019  
Sounds exciting. I hope you can enjoy it in spite of the influx of tourists.
August 24th, 2019  
Great candid
August 24th, 2019  
What a stunning capture, those cows sure are beautifully decorated.
August 24th, 2019  
Looks like they are wrestling the cows. Great capture
August 24th, 2019  
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