From late Century northern Italian manuscripts published in The Medieval Health Handbook: tacuinum sanitatis (NY: George Braziller, (basketry supplies may be free for the yard work-think grape vine, honeysuckle, kudzu, etc.
When Gänsmarsch on Fasenachtssonntag discover tradition figures symbolizing the winter, which is to be driven out: the "pea straw bear." Young men are involved in pea straw, then placed on them on a bear's head from papier-mâché. Lashed to long ropes, they are by their drivers who are wearing top hats and tails, driven by a loud crack of the whip. Here, the Bears jump into the audience to hug some before they are driven further. In the truest sense 'is a sweaty affair'.