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Cologne , Germany
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Cologne Carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany. Held annually, the Kölner Karneval is one of the biggest carnivals of its kind. Officially commencing in November, the event culminates in a week-long street carnival and celebration in February each year. The Cologne Carnival features a German carnival celebration that kicks off on “Fat Thursday,” and concludes on “Ash Wednesday,” making this short week a crazy blur similar to the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Cologne Carnival is one the largest street festivals in Europe and the climax occurs on Rose Monday, which features a parade with over 130 bands and hundreds of horses that attract more than one million visitors. Visitors will have an opportunity to party and see comedy shows that poke fun at tradition and politics. The variety of carnival activities in Cologne shows that this city's carnival attracts all social classes and groups and is an authentic folk festival. It's characterized by a form of tolerance that allows everyone to be happy in his or her own way. Cologne Carnival is an event and I like events...

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Cologne Carnival 2018 program:


Women's Carnival Day:

Early in the morning, the streets are alive with women in fancy dress on their way to the office, their place of work or to shops, and from 10.00 a.m. they all head towards the Alter Markt. At 11.11 a.m. the Street Carnival is officially opened at the Alter Markt by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the Peasant and the Virgin. At 13.30, Historical play “Jan un Griet” (Jan von Werth Carnival society) at the Severinstor, followed by a procession to Alter Markt to honour the Jan von Werth memorial with cheerful music and dance performances.

In the afternoon and evening: masked balls and parties.


Carnival Friday:

In the morning, you might come across the odd 'survivor' of 'Weiberfastnacht' if you go for a stroll through the city. A tour of the city is always worthwhile: coach trips from the Cologne Tourist Board.

In the evening: masked balls and parties


Carnival Saturday:

Following a traditional Cologne 'Frühschoppen' or early-morning drink, at 10.30 a.m. you should head for the 'Funkenbiwak' at Neumarkt. The city is overflowing with 'Jecken' or Carnival figures by the afternoon.

In the evening: parties, parties and even more parties


Carnival Sunday:

Parade through the city centre from 10:30 p.m.: School groups in fancy dress and original costumes of clubs in the city quarters.

In the evening: masked balls and parties


Rose Monday:

The climax of the Carnival with the large official parade. It is a colourful spectacle with sweets (“Kamelle”), little bouquets of flowers, pecks and over one million of spectators in fancy dress. All day the city echoes to the sounds of the Carnival battle cry: 'Kölle Alaaf', which means 'Long live Cologne!'.

Evening: the celebrations continue in halls, restaurants and pubs.


Carnival Tuesday:

In the afternoon: parades in Cologne's suburbs with Carnival groups and societies in fancy dress. After the midday parades in Cologne suburbs the party goes on until at midnight, amid great weeping and wailing, the “Nubbel” (a life-size straw figure) is ceremonially burnt.


Ash Wednesday:

The end: Carnival 'survivors' soothe their hangover with a traditional fish dinner in one of the many restaurants and pubs.  

For further information, please visit the official website at www.koelnerkarneval.de.
Cologne Various Venues
Cologne, Germany

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