Information for our english speaking visitors

We, the „Noggeler Guuggenmusig Lucerne“ welcome you to our website. Here you’ll find information and lots of stories behind and about our carnival band, the Lucerne carnival, detailed information what we do and news about our next trip to Chicago, USA. We will travel to Chicago the 9th time since we’ve started travelling to the USA in the year 1991. This year in March 2015 we will be marching at the St. Patricks Day parade in Chicago.

Lucerne Carnival – What’s that?
Maybe you don’t know the Lucerne Carnival Festival. How should you, if you’ve never been there! Every year, towards the end of winter, Carnival breaks out in the streets, alleyways and squares of the old town. This is a glittering outdoor party, where chaos and merriness reign and nothing is as it normally is. Strange characters in fantastic masks and costumes make their way through the alleyways, while carnival musicians (Guggenmusigen) blow their instruments in joyful cacophony and thousands of bizarrely clad people sing and dance away the winter. With it’s unique carnival bands, playing everything from folklore to pop with common brass band instruments, played mostly by amateurs and it’s beautiful costumes, the Lucerne carnival is a one of the greatest events coming up in Lucerne. If you want to see some impressions of the carnival, please visit our „Gallery“ with tousands of pictures from the last few years.

The Carnival Bands, called „Guuggenmusig“
Invented in the first half of the 20th century, carnival bands have a long tradition in Lucerne. Instruments played by amateurs who try to play famous tunes from pop to the latest hits along to traditional Swiss tunes, carnival band play almost everything in a unique, not-allways-right-sounding way, which makes the difference to a professional brass band. You want to hear a “Guuggenmusig”? No problem, we recommend you our Webshop with the newest CD of the Noggeler Guuggenmusig we’ve recorded in 2008 or you can purchase our records in the Apple iTunes Store. Fiftheen sounding tracks of one of the most famous carnival bands in Lucerne.

What you’ll find on this site (site map)
First of all, you’ll find everything except this site is written in german. We know, that might be a bit difficult, but you’ll be surprised about all the pictures, videosstories and our agenda with all the events coming up. Last but not least we have created a special category about our trips to Chicago where you’ll find all information, especially about our journeys to Chicago, USA, one of the sister city of Lucerne, in the years 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2015. Enjoy it!

If you want to contact us
To get in contact with us, please fill in the form in our Contact form. We will get back to you as soon as we can.