March 11, 2018
The annual Heidelberg Early Summer Procession (Sommertagszug) takes place on the fourth Sunday after Mardi Gras.
The procession begins at 3 p.m. in the St. Anna Gasse and then passes through the Old City as far as Marktplatz. The colorful procession is led by Liselotte von der Pfalz. Drummers, musicians and attractively costumed marchers offer plenty of interest for the eyes and ears, while special pretzels are a welcome pick-me-up for younger participants and bystanders. Children march through the Old City sporting special rods that are adorned with a pretzel, an empty eggshell and brightly colored ribbons.