February 19, 2012. Today is the annual Fasnacht parade in Kandern. After lunch, I went downtown to sketch a bit of the scene before the heavy celebrations got started. Here's one of the floats, boasting a sturdy observation deck and gaping mouth, from which a couple kids emerged to come look at the funny guy drawing pictures on the side of the road. I say funny guy, because I was certainly out of place, in the crowd of masked and befeathered ghouls and trolls. The music was thumping and the adrenaline was pumping, as folks came from all around to take part in this revered cultural event.