Carnival in Germany 2019

by Lee Santiva March. 02, 2019 286 views
Carnival parade in Hockenheim Germany March 2, 2019

Carnival parade in Hockenheim Germany March 2, 2019

The fifth season of the year started on Green Thursday last week and the party continues pretty much every day until Ash Wednesday. The carnival fans are called the "fools" in German (Narren).

Today was the big Faschingumzug (carnival parade) in Hockenheim Germany. Everyone dresses up, the participants of the parade and the people observing.

Carnival float with Venice theme on main street of Hockenheim

Carnival float with Venice theme on main street of Hockenheim

It's a big outdoor party with lots of music. I estimate there were several thousand people not only the ones who live in the town, but many more who came by train to attend. Just like at Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnival in Brasil, there are motorized floats which are decorated and they throw treats and small toys to the crowds. Most of the floats are towed by tractors.

Carnival parade in Hockenheim Germany

Carnival parade in Hockenheim Germany

Carnival is popular with young people and children who love to get dressed up in costumes. There are carnival clubs whose members spends months planning their floats, making their own costumes and preparing for the events.

In other regions of Germany, carnival is much more important to the people and they take time off of work on Monday and Tuesday in order to participate in the events. Where I live in southern Germany, it's not such a big deal. A recent survey said a little over 20% of all Germans (all ages, all location) are "carnival fans".

There will be a carnival parade on Monday in the small town where I live, however, I will be working and will miss it, so I went to Hockenheim today.

Carnival fans in Hockenheim

Carnival fans in Hockenheim

I'm grateful that these three allowed me to take close-up picture and agreed to let me post it in the Internet. Danke.

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Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

Hehe 'over 20% of all Germans (all ages, all location) are "carnival fans' - I suppose 12% of this 20% are living in the region around cologne, 6% around Mainz and 2 % in the rest of germany. smileNot my thing, but I like the happy atmosphere and I always have to smile when I see little kids on monday morning in costumes on their way to the kindergarden. smile#3 is a really nice close-up!

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Lee Santiva Replied to Heike 2 years, 4 months ago

You‘re right Heike with the distribution 😀 If it weren‘t for PhotoBlog I would not have gone to the parade, since I am also not a „carnivsl fan“, but I thought: I can get „party (146), costume (304) and maybe some other useful motives during the event and I even got button (62) as a bonus. Kinda like collecting Pokemons 😂

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Björn Roose 2 years, 4 months ago

Yep, it's the traditionally correct weekend for it.

Tomorrow in Flanders the big parade in Aalst (where they managed to have it declared by Unesco as World Heritage) and in my hometown (only town in Flanders where they are not afraid of organising it on the same date as the big thing in Aalst smile). Despite the fact that I'm not born here I'm kind of proud of that, but I really have nothing with carnaval.

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