Not that I understand much about this stuff, of course, but it is That Time Of Year again, when the local newspaper reports on Karneval to the virtual exclusion of anything else
of import and the number 11 pops up with confusing frequency
This chappy is the Schnorreswackler – Moustache Waggler -, symbol of the Gonsenbach Carnival Club.
The sculpture was installed in 2003 on the 111th anniversary (see what I mean..?) of the founding of the club at a time when exuberant upper-lip decoration was all the rage. (One was supposedly required to waggle same at times of great enjoyment i.e at carnivalistic events. So they say)
In a selfless demonstration of giving everyone a fair go, the sculptor also incorporates references to the club’s choir – the Gonsbach Lerchen (Gonsbach Larks) – in the form of the bird with the straw hat (Look, I’m only repeating this, OK?) perched on his right hand and to the Fusilier Guard with their historical cranial decoration cradled on his left arm featuring – yes, that number again…
Another 2 and a bit weeks.
Oh, the relief….