The Carnival Parade in Germany is an all-ages occasion for fun, costumes and candies. It’s the time to see a German town come to life as the streets are filled with ear to ear smiles. Colour and excitement abound as everyone wears their favorite carnival costumes.
Carnival Sunday Parade in Bonn
On Carnival Sunday in Germany kids and adults parade though the streets in costume to collect candy. You’ll hear them yelling, “Karamelle!” as the candies fly through the air. The German carnival parade makes way for the young and young at heart to meet in the streets of their town.
If you want to come to Carnival, you’ll have to choose the right region. The Carnival is not a tradition in all of Germany but rather in the Catholic regions.
We headed to the parade in Bonn, my friend’s hometown. Although he’s now in his 30s, he hasn’t tired of coming to Carnival every year. I asked him which Carnival has been best. He answered that he can’t say because the memories are hazy, but he knows he has always had a good time.
Where does Carnival come from?
Long ago, people of the region used to disguise themselves in masks and costumes, then go into the streets making noise aiming to chase away evil spirits. Since then, it’s become an occasion before to party before the beginning of Christian lent, when things quiet down and everyone has to be on good (and more conservative) behaviour.
Bonn Street Party
After Party at someone’s house
And for those who survive until late, they can head to the pubs or to a house party. We ended up finding a house party held by some locals who were friendly enough to open their house to their friends and random members of the public like us. They provided food and drinks with a donation box for contributions.
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