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Friday, 25-06-2021,

The Crazy Days

What happens on Women's Carnival Day? When do the famous parades take place? During the "crazy days" the "fifth season" culminates into a huge public festival. People dress up, sing local songs and simply have fun.

Women's Carnival Day, Thursday, February 20th 2020

This is the day when you get to experience the Carnival in its traditional form. Early in the morning, the streets are alive with ladies in fancy-dress on their way to the office, their place of work or to shops, and from 10.00 a.m. they all head towards the Alter Markt.

At 11.11 a.m. the street Carnival is officially opened at the Alter Markt by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the Peasant and the Virgin (collectively known as the "Dreigestirn"). At 15.00 p.m., the Carnival play "Jan un Griet" at the Severinstor in the Südstadt. In the evening: parties and masked balls. See photos

Friday, February 21st 2020

In the morning, you might come across the odd "survivor" of "Weiberfastnacht" if you go for a stroll through the city. A tour of the city is always worthwhile: coach trips from the Tourist Office from 14.00 p.m. In the evening: masked balls and parties.

Saturday, February 22nd 2020

Following a traditional Cologne "Frühschoppen" or early-morning drink, at 10.30 a.m., you should head for the "Funkenbiwak" at Neumarkt. The city is overflowing with "Jecken" or Carnival figures by the afternoon. In the evening: parties, parties and more parties. See photos

Carnival Sunday, February 23rd 2020

Parade through the city centre from 11.00 a.m. School groups in fancy dress and original costumes with clubs and schools. In the evening: parties and masked balls. See photos

Rose Monday, February  24th 2020

The climax of Carnival with the big, official parade organized by the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee. A colourful spectacle with thousands of people in fancy dress. Why don't you join in too! Evening: the celebrations continue in halls, restaurants and pubs. Further information about the parade on Rose Monday | See photos

Tuesday, February 25th 2020

Processions in Cologne's suburbs with Carnival groups and societies in fancy dress: In the afternoon in many parts of the city the "Nubbel" is burned. See photos

Ash Wednesday, February 26th 2020

Traditionally, fish dinners are served in all restaurants and pubs.

Photos:  Joachim Rieger

Parade on Rose Monday 2019


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