The tradition of the Perchten in Gastein takes us back in time to the historic carnival runs during the Renaissance and the Rococo. The Perchten run takes place every four years between New Years Day and the Epiphany in the region of Bad Gastein and Bad Hofgastein. Amongst the circa 140 different figures that participate in the run (a.o. traditional music of the Perchten, the three Magi, Schleifermandl, Hanswurste, witches, Kramperln and Perchten with beaks), there are around 30 cap wearers (Kappenträger) with impressive headdresses, some of which are several meters high.
These cap wearers bring blessings and good wishes to the audience by way of short dances and a bow at the command of the Perchten captain. Due to its great number of participants and the large distance that is covered, this Perchten run is one of the largest events of its kind in the Alpine region and has an excellent reputation amongst the population.