"Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel
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"Old Aunt" at the Carnival in Basel

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These "Old aunt" plays the "Piccolo"in the streets of Basel. The Basel carnival lasts 3 days. The picture was taken on Carnival Tuesday on "Noodlebärg".

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