Fête de L’Escalade

From 8 to 10 December the Fête de l’Escalade (from escalade, the act of scaling defensive walls), Geneva’s biggest celebrated event, which commemorates the failed attempt of the Duke of Savoy to seize the city on the night of 11 to 12 December, 1602.

More than 400 years later, the city continues to celebrate this event for an entire weekend. Locals dress up in costume and parade the streets with torchlights and drums. Brigades on horseback in period costumes, country markets, and folk music are interspersed with Rabelaisian banquets, fife-and-drum parades, and torch-lit marches. 

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