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Fasching – a German Mardi Gras

Schell's Bock Fest

Fasching – German Mardi Gras

Fasching – a German Mardi Gras is an old carnival tradition that originated in the European Alps to chase away winter. Each year, strips of cloth are strung across downtown streets in the German peasant tradition, and the “Narren,” masked characters in colorful costumes, walk the streets inviting people to the party. New Ulm‘s version of Fasching will take place on Saturday, February 25. Sponsored by The Concord Singers since 2006, it has expanded to include “Capture the Mayor” and includes music, food, dancing, and costumes are encouraged!

August Schell Brewing CompanySchell’s Bock Fest takes place outdoors on the grounds of Schell’s brewery on Saturday, March 4. Enjoy an award-winning beer or root beer beside a big bonfire and a few thousand friends. The highlight of the day is the Bock Medallion Hunt, when participants use clues to find the “bocks” (a gruff and stubborn goat of winter), to win cash and merchandise prizes.

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