Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Carnival parade in Kiedrich

Today, the last day of the carnival season, I have lots of pictures to show you from yesterdays parade. These were the funniest/most creative groups of the parade:

Usually, people in the parade throw confetti and sweets for the kids or even little toys, and shout "Helau" (which as far as I know doesn't really have a meaning; correct me if I'm wrong). And that's localized; in Cologne the shout "Alaaf". Since we're in a wine region, some of the groups even give out wine - people have to bring their own cups though.

For more pictures of carnival hats, please visit Wiesbaden Daily Photo.


At 7:37 PM, Blogger Lisi said...

Haha, some funny costumes here, beautiful shots too

At 12:38 AM, Blogger local b said...

Gotta love the pink stroller and the human soccer field. I see her carrying the globe. You guys are excited about World Cup this year, I see.

At 10:50 AM, Blogger Maya said...

Cool picks, Nicola..very creative those people...I can sense that people there are still into the Carnival...that's good. More and more people in France are less enthusiastic about this whole thing...they think it's for tourists and all the carnavals are not as fun as it used to be...

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Lisi - most of the costumes are handmade so you can imaging how much time people spent to prepare for carnival!

local b - oh yes, people are getting into the World Cup fever already! (it can only get worse ;-D)

Maya - I guess, for Germany, it depends on where you go to. Kiedrich for example is a small town so people here are more relaxed about it. Cities like Mainz (the french Mayence), Düsseldorf or Cologne are a lot more "touristy", especially during carnival.


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