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Egetmann procession

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Tuesday, 16.02.2021
One of Tyrol’s oldest and most extraordinary carnival traditions has grown up in the village of Tramin: The Egetmann procession, which takes place on Shrove Tuesday every other year, continues to attract thousands of visitors from near and far.

The leading figure of this procession is the ‘Egetmann‘, from whom the proceedings take their name. The procession begins to the sound of trumpets, followed by the arrival of street sweepers, who clear the way for the farmers with their rakes, scythes and ploughs and transport a large cart full of seeds. Then the main figure, the ‘Egetmann‘, appears - a dummy dressed in a black skirt, top hat and white gloves sitting on a horse-drawn cart. The ‘bride‘ travels alongside the cart on a ram.

Since women have never been allowed to take part in these proceedings, all the parts are played by men. This includes the bride, who isn’t allowed to drink any wine during the procession, yet may down as much schnaps as ‘she‘ wants.
The ‘town councillors‘ sit on the second cart in celebratory fashion accompanied by a ‘minute-taker‘. 

The procession continues with a colourful array of characters, including bakers, smiths and cobblers and, of course, the famous ‘old bag mill‘, thus bringing the traditional part of the procession to a close.

The ‘old bags‘ are caught and thrown into the mouth of the mill; after a complete makeover and rejuvenation, an attractive young girl then emerges from the other end.
During the whole procession the Schnoppviecher‘ wreak havoc. These are scary creatures with dragon-like heads on long necks constantly opening and snapping shut their jaws.

Topical themes and events also get the Egetmann treatment: following the historic part of the procession various floats and groups appear, hitting out at current political happenings, both local and international.farm holidays in Tramin

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September 2020
Sa 12.09.2020
Sexten
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Schnalstal
Su 13.09.2020
Sterzing
October 2020
Fr 02.10.2020 -
Su 04.10.2020
Brixen
Sa 10.10.2020
Girlan
Fr 16.10.2020 -
Su 08.11.2020
Feldthurns
Fr 16.10.2020 -
Su 18.10.2020
Meran
Sa 17.10.2020
Bozen
November 2020
Fr 06.11.2020 -
Tu 10.11.2020
Meran
We 11.11.2020
Eppan
Fr 27.11.2020 -
We 06.01.2021
Sterzing
Fr 27.11.2020 -
We 06.01.2021
Bozen
Fr 27.11.2020 -
We 06.01.2021
Meran
Fr 27.11.2020 -
Su 22.12.2019
Klausen
December 2020
Th 31.12.2020
Bozen
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Tu 16.02.2021
Tramin
Fr 19.02.2021 -
Sa 20.02.2021
Gsieser Tal
March 2021
Fr 12.03.2021 -
Su 14.03.2021
Sand in Taufers
April 2021
Su 04.04.2021
Niederdorf
Mo 05.04.2021
Meran
Sa 10.04.2021
Lana
Su 25.04.2021
Kaltern
May 2021
Sa 15.05.2021 -
Mo 17.05.2021
Neumarkt/Montan
June 2021
Su 13.06.2021
South Tyrol
Sa 26.06.2021 -
Su 27.06.2021
Martell
Sa 26.06.2021
Dolomites
July 2021
Su 04.07.2021
Sterzing
Sa 31.07.2021 -
Su 01.08.2021
Laas
August 2021
Fr 20.08.2021 -
Su 22.08.2021
Schluderns
Sa 28.08.2021
Stilfserjoch
October 2021
Sa 02.10.2021 -
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Villnöss
Sa 09.10.2021
Terenten

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