It’s finally here! After years of preparation the Telfs “Schleicherlaufen” Run brings the community together in celebration in February 2020! This traditional carnival parade is held every five years.
The Telfs “Schleicherlaufen” Run ranges among Tirol's traditional carnival parades – a fascinating example of a long maintained tradition held every five years. The most noticeable difference to other Tirolean Shrovetide celebrations is that the 40 participants called “Schleicher” – exclusively men – wear individually designed hats that weigh up to eight kilograms and are sometimes higher than one meter.
Their masks made of fine wire netting intend to make their wearers look young. Likewise unique are the “Wilde” who wear wooden masks and gowns made from some kind of tree lichen. “Schleicher” and “Wilde” are probably among the oldest Shrovetide characters and might be traced back to cultic-ritual roots. Don’t miss out on this fantastic spectacle, which will begin on February 02, 2020 at 07:00am with the sun parade through town. The actual Schleicherlaufen Run begins at 11:00am.
The Telfs Schleicherlaufen Run was declared a “World Cultural Heritage” by UNESCO in 2010.