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Narren kick off Fasching with city hall siege

The Narren laid siege to city hall on Friday to kick off New Ulm’s Fasching festival.

NEW ULM — Mayor Robert Beussman was taken hostage by the Narren Friday afternoon and was not released until the Fasching holiday was recognized throughout the city.

The Narren announced their plan early Friday morning. In the pre-dawn hours, a group of Narren decorated Beussman’s home on South State Street with Fasching ribbons, but they waited to kidnap him until later in the day.

Beussman was found in his office and went with the revelers quietly and without a struggle. After taking Beussman hostage, the Narren read a proclamation declaring it a time of festivities.

The Narren next visited KNUJ to broadcast their message. From there the Narren split up to spread the word to businesses across town.

Two groups headed to the car dealerships on the north and south side of town. A third group delivered the message to the downtown banks and local taverns.

Staff photos by Clay Schuldt After kidnapping the Mayor, the Narren celebrated in the City Hall rotunda.

The Fasching celebration will continue Saturday. The Narren will hold a story for children event at the public library from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Best Western Plus will join the celebration with music and a parade of costumes.

Heide & Good Olde Boys will perform at the Best Western 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. The Concord Singers will play at 4 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

The Parade of Costume is at 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best costumes.

The Narren started the day by draping rags all over Mayor Robert Beussman’s house.

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