Carnival in Düsseldorf


Written by Philipp Schiwek and last edited by Garry on

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While the temperature may be higher in Rio, this hot event is right on local doorsteps. And since locals love to overdo things, the general rule of thumb is stay and party or, for those who don’t wish to, leave town. While carneval starts on November 11 at 11:11 hrs, the experience of the crazy days leading up to and including the procession in the following year is one to remember.

Whilst the exact date of the season varies from year to year, Thursday is the day things commence in earnest. At eleven minutes past eleven, masses of women storm the town hall in the old town and following which, chaos breaks out. Literally everyone on the street or in the bars is enticed to party and men have their ties cut off by drunken dames.

Events take place all weekend, two traditions of note on Sunday being the Kö Treiben on the Königsallee from 11am and the Tonnenrennen in Niederkassel from 1pm.

The grand finale can be enjoyed on Monday from 12:30pm, when an enormous procession sets off from the river front to meander for hours throughout the city centre. Over a million people line the streets, food and drinks are everywhere and sweets are tossed from the floats.

Tuesday morning, the streets are spotless again, all evidence is removed and the fanatics start planning for next November.

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40213 Düsseldorf , NRW


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