Schembartläufer

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  • Masked participants at the Fastnachtszeit carnival in Austriaand Bavaria, particularly in Nuremberg. Carrying staves, they variouslyparade, run, and leap wildly at spectators, tossing ashes over them.The name is derived from the German Schönbartläufer,meaning 'pretty beard runner', the masks, even those for women, beinggenerally bearded.
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