12 Unter Käster, Cologne, Germany
Carnival Cologne Reviews
Feb 26, 2006
Beeing "jeck" and enjoying life - that's the aim of carnival. During these days cologne is one huge street party. The Carnival festival satisfies a uniquely human desire: namely that of assuming another identity at least once a year and just letting your hair down, or as the locals say "jeck sein". Cologne has been a traditional stronghold for the Carnival since the Middle Ages. The "fifth season of the year" as it is called, begins on 11th November - the eleventh of the eleventh - and slowly culminates during these "crazy days" into a huge, multifaceted public festival until it ends on Ash Wednesday.
In addition to the official Kölner Karneval with its special societies and corps which hold over 400 carnival sessions and balls, there is the satirical "Alternative Carnival" or "Stunksitzung", which dedicated to mocking the official main-stream carnival. And then there is the street carnival in which clowns from Cologne join together with musical samba groups.
Each year, Carnival is officially opened on so-called Weiberfastnacht, the Thursday prior to Rosenmontag, at the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month in Cologne's Alter Mark (Old Market). In the public squares and streets, offices and homes and of course, in the pubs and dance halls in and around the city the commencement of the "crazy days" of Carnival is greeted with great celebrations, and the closing times for pubs and bars are suspended for the duration of the festival. And considering to the opinion to a lot of people you do not have tobe drunk to have fun!
Carnival Sunday, with its colourful procession of floats representing the local schools and city boroughs forms the prelude to the climax of each Carnival season: The triumphal victory march of "Cologne's Dreigestirn" or Triumvirate - the Prince, the Peasant and the Maiden - in the kilometre-long Rosenmontag parade right through theheart of the city.If you want to get a good viewing point you need to be there very early otherwise you might end up in the 10th row!
Attracted by the countless, splendidly decorated floats, giant puppets and effigies, musical bands, hundreds of horses and the "rank and file" revellers, millions of spectators line the route of the parade in a wonderfully jubilant atmosphere. In short: Cologne goes crazy and it is great fun!! Let`s hope the weather does not go crazy as well!
Part of the Cologne - the fun city! travel blog
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Related Travel Blogs About Carnival
Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan …Carnival Cologne carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. It is held annually; the season starts…
Shopping spree for Carnival in Cologne|
It was 5pm. Wednesday, we agreed, me and my wonderful colleague to meet at the office lobby for a small shopping. We got into her car, a nice car and head first to a book store. I must tell you all a…Carnival to Cologne as I had to fly to Yemen. But, I am going to Cologne for this Easter next…
some history ...and pictures from Cologne lights (=Kölner Lichter)|
Köln / Cologne was "founded" by the Romans about 48 AD and was named - Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium (C.C.A.A.). ************************************************ Cologne is the oldest major ci…Cologne Carnival Festival Committee was held, with Rhenish scorn being aimed particularly at Prussian authoritarianism. With annexation to Prussia, Cologne…