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Cologne, Germany


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Türk her yerde Türk.

Zu Viel Spaß am Karneval

Karneval is one of those traditions that pervades the Catholic world and Germany is no exception.  In our state of North-Rhine Westphalia, they take the celebration very seriously.  The tradition is rooted, like a lot of holidays, in social inversion where the traditional leadership is belittled or mocked by those outside the power structures.  The criticisms can sometimes be controversial, but like most inversion ceremonies, it is seen as an acceptable release of legitimate and mocking frustrations.  These types of things go back to time eternal and all across the galaxy. Cologne traces its Karneval roots back two millennia to its days as a Roman city.  Many of the modern aspects of the celebration date to the French occupation of the Rhineland in the early 1800s.   I chronicled Karneval’s start back in November, with the arrival of the Hoppeditz on 11/11 at 11:11.  This weekend marked the culmination of Germany’s “Fifth Season” with five days of celebrations that went on mostly unimpeded due to weather and New Year’s events in Cologne that were thought to discourage some of the revelry.

The mayor ceremonially hands over the keys of the city to the women to kick off the five days of festivities. 

The long weekend, or crazy days, begin on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday with the tradition of weiberfastnacht.  This is the Ladies Day at Karneval, when again at 11:11 the keys to the city are ceremonially handed over by the Mayor.  Men wearing ties then can expect to have it cut off if any ladies sporting scissors spot them around town.  It’s mostly fun and games, but also another aspect of the inversion traditions that constitute Karneval. 

More groups of furries and crowds huddled under beer tent awnings to escape the rain.

A typical windy, cold day in the Rhineland didn’t discourage thousands of people from coming down to the center to kick off the Karneval celebrations.  I ventured into the town square where thousands of people gathered around beer tents and packed into bars (who charged covers for the first time I have seen).

The parties continue through the weekend, though Friday remains a bit more low key as the revelers likely struggle from the previous day and work towards the weekend blowout. 

The Cologne Cathedral becomes surrounded by Karneval revelry during these “crazy days.”

The rivalry between the cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf are on full display during Karneval season, though Cologne easily wins by the sheer magnitude of its celebrations. We ventured into the city early on Saturday to do some sightseeing and take in the party, and it went beyond expectations.  The feeling is comparable to Oktoberfest in Munich, only the entirety of the city of Cologne is turned into a giant festival rather than in a concentrated fair ground.  Kölsch beer (you won’t find any Düsseldorf alt, and probably shouldn’t ask) flows freely from beer tents, kiosks who have stockpiled for the event, and restaurants and bars who move much of their operations outside to accommodate the huge crowds.

Some partying on the river in Cologne.  More furries, a Dark Helmet, and the odd and perfectly legal sight of teenagers drinking beer.

A lighter, more fun aspect of the rivalry comes in the traditional Karneval cheer.  In Düsseldorf, you shout “Helau!” during the revelry or as a cheer or toast sometimes.  In Cologne, however, it’s “Alaaf!”  You might be subjected to some lighthearted ribbing, or perhaps worse, if you mix these up.

On Neumarkt square, live music draws in a massive crowd. Here, something is happening with a donkey, or a horse.

The Cologne celebrations are also a bit larger because so much of the traditional Karneval music comes from the region. These popular songs are often written and sang in the local dialect, also Kölsch, some have been sung for decades and memorized by good Rhinelanders.  Take a listen to Ne Kölsche Jung and try to get the hook out of your head.

The Carnival Mummenschanz Party invitation with the popular Cologne bands. 

After a day out and about in the city, we went to a Karneval hall party with live music and plenty of more Kölsch beer naturally.  The event was like nothing I had ever seen.  Thousands of revelers pack into the building and large music hall, decorated with traditional Karneval signs and murals mocking the government, and sing and dance along to every song.  At first, there were a few moments of anxiety about what we had gotten into.  The entire crowd seemed to know the words to every tune and the bands performed quick 45 minute sets or so before apparently moving on to other parties around the city and doing it all over again.  We eventually moved up front near the stage and found some fun in embracing the festivities.  You can see some videos from this night elsewhere on the site here.  

Some panorama photos where I tried to capture the magnitude of the event.

Cell phone flashlights are the new lighters.

Some lighthearted ribbing of European politicians, François Hollande and Angela Merkel at the front of the roller coaster going downhill over refugee, Greek, and banking policies.

After a good night’s rest, we set out on Sunday morning to participate in a local parade.  Samantha’s school had a float in the city of Neuss’s zug and the weather proved very cooperative.  Again, this was like a typical small town parade only taken to the extreme.  Over 100 floats wound their way through the city, occasionally through some very narrow stretches, with people of all ages packed along the sidewalks and hanging out of windows.  Karneval music, which we now recognized from the previous night’s festivities, blared from many of the floats and the children and adults shouted “Helau!” from the sidewalks as we unloaded hundreds of pounds of candy onto the city streets.  The parade, even for the small town of Neuss, was but another lesson in the fact that with Karneval, everything is taken to the extreme.

A sci-fi themed float seemed to mix some of their pop-culture references.  That appears to be X-wing fighters dashing away from the Enterprise after something more in line with Alf.

The International School on the Rhine float, with a cap and gown theme.

Crowds line the streets on both sides shouting Helau for candy and treats.

I worked extra hard to get candy to those on the second floor.  Even the seniors appreciated a few sweets.

Extra security was visible in all places through the weekend, something unfortunately all too common and necessary around the continent in recent months.

The wheels on the bus pick up lots of trash, lots of trash, lots of trash…

The celebrations continued in Düsseldorf through Sunday as the city geared up for the big day on rosenmontag or Rose Monday. Like the day of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, this is the culmination of the season’s events with a parade that has stretched to three miles long in Düsseldorf and even longer in Cologne.  Unfortunately, the weather decided not to cooperate in the region.  Cologne announced on Sunday that they would hold their parade as scheduled, but required massive changes to certain floats and did not allow horses in the parade this year.  On Monday morning, Düsseldorf, along with a number of smaller cities around the region, canceled their parades because of the threat of high winds and erratic weather.  We ventured out into the city center again because the storms held off for the most part until the afternoon when the wind did prove stark and would have likely done some pretty serious damage to the floats.

Grown men in onesies drinking beer in Düsseldorf.  The “furry” phenomenon is one of the most popular Karneval outfits, likely for its ease and warmth in the unpredictable February weather.

More furries!

Clowns are some of the most popular costumes.

A pair of pink panthers promenade past police.

The huddled masses, yearning to take shots.

The wind along the river really picked up in the late afternoon.  Even the painted woman on the clock had to hold onto her hat.

Another panorama attempting to capture the weather contrast.  The sky stayed pretty starkly different from east to west.

In the morning, some parade floats did make a cameo appearance in the city center so onlookers could get a glimpse of what sort of political statements would be highlighted this year.  Not surprisingly, refugee policy, Greece, ISIL and even American politics took center stage.

A not-so-subtle dig at the Trump fascination.  Photo courtesy deutsche-welt

The leadership of ISIL and Turkey toasting over the blood of Kurds.  Photo from IBI Times

The lessons of our first Karneval are many.  Calling it five long days of partying is simply an understatement as there are no words that can truly describe the amount of drinking and costumes that pervade the streets.  Tonight, the Hoppeditz will crawl back inside his jar of mustard in preparation for Lent and the down period that immediately follows this sort of revelry.  In the meantime, Rhinelanders will anxiously await his arrival next November and we’ll be a bit better prepared for what to expect when he comes.