Tiroler Fasnacht – Carnival – in Igls

Tyrolean nomads are not forgotten during the fifth season.

Tirol, Igls (Innsbruck, Austria) at least once a year does not give up its gypsies – the indigenous nomads or ‘Jenische’. They play an important role in the carnival – especially in the uplands , where this minority once had its main centers . The ‘ Karner ‘ travellers with handcarts have survived as traditional figures of Tyrolean Fasnacht on Unsinnigen Donnerstag (‘Foolish Thursday’) when borderless liberty, the other, and free-spirited persons are celebrated.

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Tiroler Fasnacht - Carnival - Karner 2008. Image : BUM10040V01
Tiroler Fasnacht – Carnival – Karner 2008. Image : BUM10040V01

EN – “Tiroler Fasnacht 2008 in Igls” — Tirolean carnival
On ‘Foolish Thursday’ (“Unsinniger Donnerstag”) the ‘Karrner’ – men dressed up as old men and old women pulling a cart – go out on the town in a cabaret-like show with characteristic masks, music and dancing in the small village of Igls, near Innsbruck in Tyrol (Austria). Video reportage (January 31, 2008) : Michel van der Burg ( — Some Rights Reserved (CC BY 4.0).  See the ‘Further readings’ below.

DE – Tiroler Fasnacht 2008 in Igls
“Unsinniger Donnerstag” — Karrner (Männer verkleidet als alte Männlein oder alte Weiblein die einen Karren mit sich ziehen) machen die Strassen von Igls unsicher. Eine traditionsreiche Straßenfastnacht mit Musik und schöne Larven (Masken), und Fasnachtkostüme durch die Dorfmitte in Igls (Innsbruck, Tirol, Österreich) am 31 Jänner 2008. Video reportage : Michel van der Burg ( — Einige Rechte vorbehalten (CC BY 4.0). Extra Info Unten.

Storyboard video reportage 'Tiroler Fasnacht  -  Unsinniger Donnerstag 2008 in Igls'. Image : BUM10038V01
Storyboard video reportage ‘Tiroler Fasnacht – Unsinniger Donnerstag 2008 in Igls’. Image : BUM10038V01

Further readings

* Extra info carnival figures in “der Igel” #12 – 2010
* Fasnacht in Nordtirol und Südtirol (2010) Thomas Nußbaumer
* Tiroler Jenische – marginalisierte Protagonisten der fünften Jahreszeit by Lisa Burtscher (Jan 28, 2013 in
* Unbekanntes Volk – Sinti und Roma – by Martha Verdorfer
* Jenische – DE ,

Video from previous years 

Watch  Fasnacht in Igls, Innsbruck  at this site in previous years :
2005 (1 min)
2006 (2 min)
2007 (4 min)


First posted via blog on May 06, 2008 (with info updates on 20090630, 20101130, 20120122.
Mar 5, 2014 Update with links to videos from previous years (2005-2007)