[Video] Wil Carnival-goers attempt to fill Swiss police car with confetti

[Video] Wil Carnival-goers attempt to fill Swiss police car with confetti

For most in Switzerland, carnival season is a chance to let your hair down and party into the early hours with loud music, costumes and more. Luckily, the police in St. Gallen saw the funny side of events in Wil, after revellers tried to fill one of their cars with confetti.

Revellers attempt to fill Swiss police car with confetti

According to 20 Minuten, our story starts on carnival Sunday in Wil, in the middle of one of the largest Fasnacht celebrations in Canton St. Gallen. Clearly, partygoers and costumed participants at the event were feeling the invincibility of good cheer - and perhaps the effects of a few beers - as they were pictured using an industrial blower to shoot a large amount of carnival confetti into a police car.

The police returned to their unlocked car to find the floor, seats and centre console covered in multi-coloured paper. On any other day, this would likely lead to the perpetrators receiving a fine - with freundlichen Grüssen, of course. Luckily, the Cantonal Police of St. Gallen saw the funny side of the incident, posting this video to TikTok:

@kaposg Letzten Fasnachtssonntag haben fastnächtliche Narren versucht, den Innenraum unseres Patrouillenwagens zu dekorieren, während Polizisten einen dringlichen Einsatz leisteten. Damit Sie für die kommende Fasnacht wieder genug Konfetti haben, nur nicht für den selben Zweck, senden wir ihnen gerne eine Handvoll zurück. @Lenggenwiler Fasnacht #fastnacht #huhälotsch #kaposg #konfetti ♬ Originalton - Kantonspolizei St.Gallen

St. Gallen police see the funny side of the carnival incident

In the caption to the video, the authorities said that while they were not fans of people filling their cars full of confetti during “urgent missions”, they were happy to not pursue a fine in this case. They said that they were returning some of the offending confetti, so that the perpetrators would have enough for future carnivals.

The incident earned the emergency services praise among "netizens", with commenters praising the KaPo for, what was to some, an uncharacteristically relaxed reaction. Others saw it as an opportunity to poke fun, with one writing that if you park an unlocked car in the middle of Fasnacht, some hijinks are bound to ensue.

Jan de Boer


Jan de Boer

Editor for Switzerland at IamExpat Media. Jan studied History at the University of York and Broadcast Journalism at the University of Sheffield. Though born in York, Jan has lived most...

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