Since 1545 the 'Fischerstechen' takes place in Ulm and is presented by the Sailor’s Association. The “Fischerstechen” is nothing less than a tournament on the water with 15 dueling pairs. The duelist plays the roles of either historical or newly invented figures. The tournament lasts for approx. 90 minutes. Large viewer platforms are arranged along the banks of the Danube during the event.
On the morning of the “Fischerstechen” a large parade takes place on the streets of the old part of the town. The parade consists of the competitors of the “Fischerstechen”, fishermen and girls wearing historical costumes, riders, bands, flag throwers and dance groups. The procession lasts about 2.5 to 3 hours. During this time, the traditional dances of the Fishermen’s Guild are shown several times at different places.