The Carnival season in Neuss is a serious affair. What started off with a few local guys in 1846 as the Kappenzug (Cap Procession) has developed today into the highlight of Kappessonntag (Nonsense Sunday). The procession nowadays is well organised, popular and travels from the Oberstrasse throughout town. Afterwards, the town is alive with joyous celebrations on the Markt in the centre of town.
The season though is long, starting on November 11 each year and going through to Rosenmontag (Rose Monday) and Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) sometime in February or March, depending on the moons cycle. Some eighteen local carnival organisations and clubs can be found in Neuss. They are all highly active either preparing for carnival, enjoying carnival, recovering from carnival or planning the next one.
They organise such get-togethers as Schinkenessen (ham eating), Hoppeditz-Erwachen (Hoppeditz Awakening) and massive carnival meetings, some solely for the ladies. Altweiber (Old Ladies Night) celebrations are held on the Thursday prior to Kappessonntag. They should not be missed bay anyone who enjoys such festivities. Gentlemen, watch your ties; the women will grab a pair of scissors and take their souvenir.
The carnival fanatics also elect a Prinzenpaar (Prince and Princess) and they have many sponsors, some small, some heavy duty major players, because this is also big business.