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Mardi Gras, Lucerne-style

LUCERNE, Switzerland — When celebrated in warm places, Mardi Gras or Carnival carries the connotation of wild times, public excess, even debauchery. This is far less true in the German-speaking parts of Switzerland, where it is called Fasnacht. In Lucerne, scenically situated on a lake of the same name and one of Europe’s most enchanting medieval cities, the pre-Lenten carnival goes on for nearly a week, and while it’s loud, ...

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  • Headline: Mardi Gras, Lucerne-style
  • Publication: Travel, Pages 46 on 01/31/2010
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