Karneval 2014

Karneval was a blast and definitely lived up to it’s reputation! Since the previous post already explained Karneval in depth, I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking in this one…

On the way to the Rosenmontag parade…

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(Opa, Papa and Quinnie off to the left)

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Love this couple dressed as peas and carrots

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Friedel told us about this great spot to watch the parade from (pic above). There’s a guy there who charges 15 euros per adult- which gets you unlimited Kölsch (you have to bring your own Kölsch glass), Bratwurst, and access to a nearby bathroom (something that’s really necessary when you’ve been drinking Kölsch all day!). It’s a safe spot that not many people seem to know about, so it doesn’t get too crowded and overwhelming. The girls scooted right up front with their bags to catch candy. They kept at it for almost 3 hours! The parade was about 5 hours long and it was amazing!

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Simon and Friedel wearing their Kölsch glass holders around their necks. The green lady in the background is Tante Ruth (talking to Maxim).

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Ruth and her friend Markus

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It seemed like there were hundreds of marching bands!

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Check out the panorama scene of Köln on this float

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Can’t tell you how many times I was hit in the head by flying candy (thrown by the handful from all of the floats)!

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The Hohenzollernbrücke (bridge near our place!).

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Crowd catching candy and flowers

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This is the float from 1.FC Köln. (Köln’s soccer team). And yes- that’s Yoda behind their mascot).

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Um, OK?!

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Kiera and Opa

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Another Köln panorama float

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This is the Alternative Gas Energy float (lol!)

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I told you they love Native Americans!

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E.T. with a well known Kölsch ad character

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Kiera started getting really tired- spent the rest of the parade on Papa’s shoulders. Quinnie was still up front collecting candy.

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Looks like Friedel is having a good time in the background…

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This made everybody laugh- it was the end of the parade and everybody (including the crowd) was tired and probably wished they had Segways.

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The parade always ends with the Dreigestirn– the 3 characters that represent Karneval on the last float. They are the Prinz (Prince), the Jungfrau (the virgin- always played, oddly, by a man dressed as a woman), and the Bauer (Farmer- above with peacock feathers on his head). Unfortunately I only got a pic of the Bauer. It’s a huge honor to be chosen as any of these 3. I heard you have to make a healthy donation and there is a very long wait list. Friedel says that he always wanted to play the Jungfrau!

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The other big event that happened at the Karneval parade was Quinnie losing a tooth! It had been loose for a few months (she refuses to wiggle it). Simon accidentally elbowed her in the mouth and it came out. She has real anxiety about losing her teeth and was trembling when I hugged her. She felt better after I told her how special it was that she lost a tooth during Karneval and what a great memory it would be. She has 2 other extremely loose teeth- can’t wait until they fall out as well!

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Quinnie and the huge bag of candy she collected at the parade

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What our kitchen table looked like when we dumped out the bag of candy

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It was great to see Simon back in his element and having such a great time (he hadn’t been to a Karneval in 12 years!). And now he gets to enjoy it with his own kids. I can’t believe we get to live in this awesome city- we are so lucky!

Here are a few videos from the parade. You will hear people shouting “Kamelle!” (for sweets) and “Strüssje!” (for flowers) to be thrown at them.

 

 

 

 

 

2 thoughts on “Karneval 2014

  1. Opa Friedel

    Great blog like always, Meegan.
    But as a Cologne citizen I have to correct you with your photo of Dreigestirn: You made a snapshot of Bauer (with the peacock feather helmet), not of the Prinz (the Prinz wears pheasant feathers and has a white costume)! Left of Bauer, bowing to the opposite side, you can see the Jungfrau with the golden crown with red inlets in her creme-white gown. Only Bauer and Jungfrau ride on the same float. This float is guided and guarded by green/Yellow Ehrengarde corps; the Prinz comes later in the parade; usually on top of the last float, and this float is surrounded by mostly white Prinzengarde Corps. We call them Mählsäck (flowersacks) The fact that the parade ended with blue sedgeway-riding troopers, is because the 2014- Dreigestirn was selected from the Corps Blaue Funken.
    You know that at this time I had already left the place to be back in time when our favorite neighborhood pub opens for the after- parade party, thus avoiding long waiting in long lines outside the pub. I had fun, got reasonably drunk and next day I had no more voice.
    Friedel

  2. Grandma

    What an amazing parade! lots of very unique costumes too. do I get the prize for finding “Waldo” in the crowd? nice photo of you Meegan..Simon does seem pleased to be there with his girls. Are you guys going to dress next year? thanks for the post..very nice! Xxmom

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