Egetmann Parade

One of South Tyrol’s most famous Carnival customs is the Egetmann Parade in Termeno, taking place every two years

The Egetmann Parade in Termeno, one of the most ancient and famous South Tyrolean Carnival traditions, dates back to 1591 AD. It represents a peasant wedding and different agricultural activities: in any case it’s all about the main character called “Egetmann Hansl”, a straw doll in tails and top hat. Next to him sits his real bride in a white gown - she’s male, due to the fact that only men can take part in the parade. A carriage drawn by horses takes them through the village.

The entourage of the bridal couple includes the councilmen and the farmers and servants with their working equipment as well as the carriage called “Protzenwagen”. Also the harrow is of fundamental importance, due to the fact that this tool - called “Eget” in South Tyrolean dialect - has given its name to the whole parade. The single characters have painted or carbon black faces, the only ones wearing masks are the Wild Man and the Green and White Bear. Also the soot-blackened “Burgl” and “Burgltreiber” take part in the parade - their name derives from the Latin word “purgare” which means clean: in fact, they try to “clean” the area from the evil winter spirits.

Popular, however, are above all the “Schnappviecher” or “Wudelen”, giant snapping animal-like characters with a furry head with eyes and antlers. They are characterised by a mouth full of wooden teeth and a tongue made of metal. The head can be moved by a towing rope, making great noise. The Egetmann Parade in Termeno (Tramin) takes place in odd years, whereas in even years the Children’s Egetmann Parade is celebrated. By the way: also a section of the interesting Hoamet Tramin Museum is dedicated to this Carnival custom!

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