Saturday, December 15, 2018

Basel Christmas Tattoo

Tonight Mat and I went to the Basel Christmas Tattoo show. It was one of my Christmas presents, and we had a great time. What a great show! It was a nice mix of American and Swiss/German Christmas songs (and non-Christmas songs). So fun.
Sidebar: “Tattoo” originates from Dutch: In the 17th Century, the command “doe den tap toe” (close the beer taps) was given via a drummer or a fifer at the end of the evening, when the troops had to return to their barracks. In English this phrase was shortened to the word “Tattoo” and this is now the recognized word for military music festivals.



The Stage
 Santa arrived in a pretty sweet old fashioned car
 These horses are huge!

 Scottish Bagpipes.  They were fantastic!
 This group was from Edinburgh Scottland
 This was a marching band of Santas.  They were hysterical
 Trampoline acrobats.  They were really

 This is part of the Queen's band from England

 Alll the bands on stage right before intermission
 Old fashioned cars were really great.


 Step Dancers from Scottland


 These dogs were hysterical.  The puppies were wild!

 Singers.  The front one had candles on her head
 these are the Harley santas. Each year in Basel they do a parade. (We missed it this year). They decorate their Harleys all for Christmas and the details is amazing. They didn't stand still long enough for us to get a good picture. You have to see it to believe it.




 End of the show


A few videos











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