During Fasnacht, they tend to dance and make fun local events and personalities. The dances are called, the dance of death (Totentanz) and the masquerade (Mummenschanz). jousting tournament on the Münsterplatz
The United States has parades with bands in them and they dress up but Morgestraich is very different with it being in the dark and it's more colorful.
During parades, its a whole band that plays for it in the USA but in Basel, Switzerland, the only instruments used are drums, piccolos, and brass instruments.