I thought I had better get on with the promised dedicated Carnival post. Before we know it Easter will be upon us and then talking about “Fasching” as we say in our area will not make a lot of sense…
Carnival is popular in the whole of Germany but there are differences depending on the region you happen to live in. In the North, you will have parties but no parades. In Köln and its surrounding, the parades will consist almost exclusively of floats, very spectacular ones for the bigger cities. In the South, you will find that people dressed up as drag queens or various animals, for example, and brass bands are the norm. As for us, we get the best of both worlds, floats, fancy dress and music, but beware of the witches or you might lose your hat!
I discovered how well celebrated Carnival is last year already and frankly I am amazed at the effort people put in it. About fifty groups, some of them having come a relatively long way, took to the streets of our little town a couple of weeks ago and I was really impressed with some of the floats – the Aladdin one that I used for my Silent Sunday post being the best in my opinion.
So many parties are being organized that it is difficult to choose one. As explained in my “One Word | Damsel” post, we went to the same place as last year, a fantastic historical museum in a nearby pretty town. We like the fact that they link the theme of the Faschingsparty to their current exhibition. We had witches last year, the Middle Ages this year, curious about next year!
I was however a bit baffled to discover that a lot of the music was either hits from the Neue Deutsche Welle – German punk rock/new wave music popular in the 80’s – or the traditional Schlager genre. Needless to say I was not able to sing along much for my first German Carnival experience but I already did better this year. All I need to do now is keep practicing to be ready for Fasching 2012!