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8 August - 9 August
What began on a small scale in 1969 has now grown into the largest cultural summer event in Zermatt. Clubs from all over Switzerland show their traditions with music, traditional costumes, dances and colourful costumes from nostalgic times. The big parade through Zermatt on Sunday is the highlight. Around 1,000 active people take part. Guests can also enjoy a wide range of meals, performances by the clubs and an exciting animation programme for children. The net proceeds from the festival will go to the Zermatt Youth Fund. Every franc helps the youth to implement various projects in Zermatt.
The following points belong to the program:
- Yodel mass in the parish church St. Mauritius
- Presentations of the clubs and the festive economy on the fairground Obere Matten and the church square
- Folklore parade through Zermatt
The route starts at the station, runs along Bahnhostrasse to the church and crosses the Kirchbrücke bridge to the other side of the Vispa. Continue on Steinmattstrasse before crossing the bridge to the footbridge and then reaching the Obere Matten festival site.>
Also in the party are traditional costume clubs, tambourines, rich people, yodel choirs, brass bands, music societies, folk dance groups, Lord’s Grenadiers, hunting and alphorn blowers and flag wavers. The festival offers guests from all over the world an interesting insight into Swiss culture.