Luzern-Carnival, the 3-day festival that takes over Lucerne, Switzerland, each year, is currently underway. Here's your chance to see all the crazy costumes, revelers and fun for yourself.
The festivities are put on each year near the end of winter, with the purpose of driving away the winter cold and ushering in the spring.
Every year, towards the end of the winter, Carnival...breaks out in the streets, alleyways and squares of the old town, the narrator says. Strange and ghoulish characters in fantastic masks and costumes make their way through the alleyways. This is a glittering outdoor party, where chaos and merriness reign, and nothing is as it normally is.
The history of Luzern-Carnival goes back more than 600 years. The event is most renowned for the creepy, hand-crafted masks and elaborate costumes that revelers wear in the town's streets and squares by thousands of revellers during the three-day carnival festival.
View the photos in this fun slideshow to get a taste of the Luzern-Carnival festivities, and click play below to watch an informative documentary video about last year's Luzern-Carnival in Lucerne, Switzerland: