Zürich Street Parade 2015

While we wIMG_5883ould have liked to have been in Switzerland for the National Swiss Day celebrations, we are rather glad we missed the Street Parade. Last year the parade was at the beginning of August, but this year it was the last Saturday of the month. I wonder if that is because one of the main transportation hubs was completely torn up.

Anyway, reports say that a million people (from all over Europe) crammed the city streets (can that really be possible?). Loud music from 26 “love mobiles”, six stages with more loud music, people dressed up like Halloween at a strip club.

The worst part was probably the amount of trash that gets strewn about. But since this happened on Saturday, and today is Monday, there is probably no evidence that the mega party even happened.

You can see photos at the NZZ site. Whether you can read German or not, the pictures give much of the story.

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Carrots on the Walls

Carrots in English. Karotte in German. Rüebli in Swiss German.

In November I read a report that carrot street art had been appearing “all over” various places in Zürich as well as Oerlikon (home of the Freitag Factory). I have not seen very many (which goes to show that I tread the same paths over and over), but there was one that I would always see from the tram window on the way to orchestra. I swore that I would get off the tram one day and get a picture of it. I finally got around to it.

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Here is one that we see at the HB when we are walking to the Thai grocery store.

IMG_4546This English Forum thread led me to the article in the NZZ which speculates what these carrots mean (if anything). The theory that I like is that the “artist” is from the canton Aargau (supposedly the New Jersey of Switzerland) because Aargau is the Rüebli canton).

Whatever the case, the bright orange livens up gray walls.