Baden-Württemberg: Decorated boats drive at Mooser procession

Because of a centuries-old vow, pilgrims set out on Monday in decorated boats across the water to Radolfzell on Lake Constance.

Baden-Württemberg: Decorated boats drive at Mooser procession

Because of a centuries-old vow, pilgrims set out on Monday in decorated boats across the water to Radolfzell on Lake Constance. This year, however, the low water level is causing problems.

Moos (dpa/lsw) - Numerous boats decorated with flowers move from the small community of Moos across Lake Constance to Radolfzell in the early morning. The traditional Mooser water procession has its origins as a pilgrimage in the late 18th century, when the residents of Moos were spared a cattle epidemic that was rampant in southern Germany. In 1797 they made a vow to go to the Minster for the thanksgiving service every year on the Monday after the third Sunday in July.

Since then, the pilgrimage from Moos to the neighboring town of Radolfzell has taken place - since 1926 on the water. The thanks of the pilgrims go to the three saints Theopont, Senesius and Zeno, who are said to have answered the pleas of the Mooser for protection against the cattle plague.

The decorated boats are accompanied by two larger ships. Due to the low water level on Lake Constance, according to the Moos municipality, they cannot call at Mooser Hafen. Instead, the "MS Seestern" and the "Alet" should collect their passengers in the port of the Mooser district of Iznang.

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