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Fasching Parade in Vilseck 2016

 

Fasching, as it’s known in Bavaria, is crazy and a fun time to be in Germany. Fasching is also known as Karneval or Fastnacht in other parts of Germany. It officially kicked off the Karneval season Nov. 11 at 11:11 a.m. with pre-Lenten festivities.

 

During Germany’s carnival season, people wear masks and attempt to drive away winter’s evil spirits and bitter weather. The celebrations — some of Germany’s most colorful — closely resemble Mardi Gras festivities in the United States.

 

The northern region of Germany, particularly the Rhineland area, is the hub for German’s carnival season, with local parties and parades spring up all over the country until the season closes the night before Ash Wednesday.

 

Some Fasching parties to expect:

 

Faschingparade

 

Fasching parades pop up all over Germany during Karneval season. In smaller cities, these parades are casual, with small groups dressing up in a special, often political, themes. It’s a great time to roast politicians and other major public figures. In most situations, the whole city and neighboring villages take to the streets and celebrate Fasching together.
In bigger cities in the Rhineland, such as Cologne, professional carnival groups work all year long for this particular day. Thousands of people flood the streets of these events and they are broadcast live on TV.

 

Faschingsparty or Faschingsball

 

Fashingsparties or balls are more traditional parties. Usually, the events have special themes like the “Wild West,” “Science-Fiction” or the “60’s.”

 

Schwarzweiss Ball

 

This is a formal ball. Dress up in your finest suit or wear a black or white cocktail dress.

 

Lumpenball

 

Literally translated as rag-ball, Lumpenballs are attended by people in their shabbiest clothes.

 

Sportlerball

 

Sportlerball are Fasching balls organized by a local sport club.

 

Skihaserlball

 

Skihaserlball is a Fasching party held by the local ski club. If there’s no other party theme, attendees usually dress up as a skier. Skihaserl is literally translated as ski-bunny. Most females dress up as a ski bunny. So let your artistic imagination run free.

 

Weiberfasching or Weiberfastnacht

 

This is the female Fasching, celebrated the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday. This year, it falls on Feb. 23. Weiberfasching starts in the morning where masked women take over cities and symbolically take the key of the town hall from the mayor.
Another Weiberfasching ritual is to cut men’s ties. Men, be prepared: Don’t wear your most expensive tie. Ladies, don’t forget your scissors.
The day ends with Weiber-Fasching-Parties, festivities in which men dress up as women. Some parties won’t allow men not dressed the part to enter. While men dress up as women and many women dress up as men, this is not mandatory. Women can wear any other costume. Men are also expected to dress as women at Tuntenball.

 

“Alaaf” and “Helau”

 

These are the traditional battle calls of Fasching. You can here or scream it at Fasching parades, parties — wherever. “Alaaf” is used more frequently in northern Germany, while “Helau” is the right one for Bavaria.

Grafenwoehr / Vilseck area
Saturday, 21 January 2017 Amberg, BRK-Haus Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Amselweg 30, 92224 Amberg
Sunday, January 22, 2017 Mitterteich, Josefsheim Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Zanklgartenstr. 8, 95666 Mitterteich
Friday, January 27, 2017 Dießfurt, Sportheim Weiberfasching 8 p.m. Waldstr. 2, 92690 Pressath
Saturday, January 28, 2017 Neualbenreuth, Tillensaal Skihaserlball 8 p.m. Turmstr. 1, 95698 Neualbenreuth
Amberg ACC Stadt-Galaball 8 p.m. Schiessstaettenweg 8, 92224 Amberg
Saturday, February 04, 2017 Thumsenreuth, Schützenhaus Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Hammerweg 8, 92703 Thumsenreuth
Casino Amberg Tuntenball 10 p.m. Klosterhof 1, 92224 Amberg
Grafenwoehr, Stadthalle Sportlerball 8 p.m. Kolpingstr., 92655 Grafenwoehr
Sunday, February 05, 2017 Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Kettelerhaus Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Kettelerstr. 21, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Friday, February 10, 2017 Vilseck / Sorghof Weiberfasching 8 p.m. Dr. Fitzthumstr. 1, 92249 Vilseck / Sorghof
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Vilseck Kinder Fasching 3 p.m. Am Sportplatz 8, 92249 Vilseck
Vilseck / Schlicht Fasching Ball 9 p.m. St. Georg Str., 92249 Vilseck / Schlicht
Sunday, February 12, 2017 Neustadt/WN, Stadthalle Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Am Hofgarten, 92660 Neustadt
Weiden, Mehrzweckhalle Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Am Langen Steg 17, 92637 Weiden
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Kümmersbruck, Turnhalle Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Schulstr. 39, 92245 Kuemmersbruck
Vilseck, Mehrzweckhalle Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Pressath Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92690 Pressath
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Amberg, Marktplatz Hexennacht 6 p.m. Marktplatz, 92224 Amberg
Moosbach Weiberfasching 6 p.m. Downtown, 92709 Moosbach
Dietfurt Chinese Fasching, Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92348 Dietfurt
Weiden, Diskothek Atemlos Weiberfasching 9 p.m. Luitpoldstr. 12, 92637 Weiden
Friday, February 24, 2017 Neustadt/WN, Stadthalle Lumpenball 8 p.m. Am Hofgarten, 92660 Neustadt
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Mitterteich Fasching Parade 1:30 p.m. Downtown 95666 Mitterteich
Weiden, Mehrzweckhalle Lumpenball 9 p.m. Am Langen Steg 17, 92637 Weiden
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Schnaittenbach Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92253 Schneittenbach
Neustadt/Kulm, Sportheim Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Jahnstr. 4, 95514 Neustadt / Kulm
Vilseck Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92249 Vilseck
Neustadt/Kulm, Sportheim Fasching Ball 8:30 p.m. Jahnstr. 4, 95514 Neustadt / Kulm
Neustadt/WN Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92660 Neustadt / Waldnaab
Monday, February 27, 2017 Sulzbach-Rosenberg, Luitpoldplatz Rosenmontagsparty 3 p.m. Luitpoldplatz, 92237 Sulzbach Rosenberg
Vilseck / Sorghof Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Dr. Fitzthumstr. 1, 92249 Vilseck / Sorghof
Floß, Mehrzweckhalle Rosenmontagsball 8 p.m. Gerhard-Schaller-Ploessbergstr. 45, 92685 Floss
Hammerles Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Hammerles, 92711 Parkstein
Weiden, Altes Rathaus Faschingstreiben der Narrhalla Weiden 1:45 PM Unterer Markt 2, 92637 Weiden
Auerbach, Oberer Marktplatz Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Oberer Marktplatz, 91275 Auerbach
Tower Barracks Bowling Alley Funky Fasching Bowling 7 p.m. Tower Barracks Bowling Alley
Hohenfels area
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Hohenfels Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Keltensaal, Dekan-Schnitter/Str. 6, 92366 Hohenfels
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Dietfurt Chinese Fasching, Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92348 Dietfurt
Saturday, February 25, 2017 Beratshausen Faschingparade 2 p.m. Volksfestplatz, 93176 Beratshausen
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Velburg Faschingparade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92355 Velburg
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 Hohenburg Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg
Parsberg Kinderfasching 2:30 p.m. Burgsaal at the castle, 92331 Parsberg
Schmidmuehlen Faschingball Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92287 Schmidmuehlen
Garmisch area
Saturday, February 11, 2017 Garmisch Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Brausstueberl, Fuerstenstr. 23, 82467 Garmisch Partenkirchen
Freitag, February 17, 2017 Garmisch Youth Fasching 6 p.m. Kolpingheim, Promenadenstr. 13, 82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Saturday, February 18, 2017 Garmisch Kinderfasching age 6-8 2 p.m. Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4,  82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Garmisch Faschingparty age 9-11 5 p.m. Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4,  82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Sunday, February 19, 2017 Garmisch Kinderfasching 0-6 3:30 p.m. Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4,  82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 Garmisch Senior Fasching 2:30 p.m. Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4,  82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Thursday, February 23, 2017 Garmisch Pfarrfasching for all ages 7 p.m. Pfarrheim Pfarrhausweg 4,  82467 Garmisch Partenkrichen
Friday, February 25, 2017 Garmisch Kinderfasching 2 p.m. St. Irmgard Schulen, Hauptstr. 45, 82467 Garmisch Partenkirchen
Sunday, February 26, 2017 Garmisch Fasching Bycicle Parrad 1 p.m. Ludwigstrasse to Floriansbrunnen
Monday, February 27, 2017 Garmisch Faschingball 7 p.m. Brauwastl, Zugspitzenstr. 119, 82467 Grarmisch Partenkirchen
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