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 March 6. 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, but men commonly dress as women.

 

Maschkera Gungl

 

A traditional Bavarian Fasching in the Garmisch area with hand-carved wooden masks and live music. The masked and traditionally dressed-up Maschkeras move from place to place to celebrate traditional Bavarian Fasching.

 

Maschkera Treiben or Faschingstreiben

 

This is an outdoor event usually held in the middle of a town, market or dorf. Don’t forget to dress up warm while attending.

 

“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.

 

Here are some local Fasching events in the area.

 

Grafenwoehr / Vilseck area 2019
Feb. 2, 2019 Weiden Blumen Ball Fasching Ball 7 p.m. Max-Reger-Halle, Dr. Pfleger Str. 17, 92637 Weiden
Feb. 23, 2019 Huetten Faschingszug Fasching Parade 2 p.m.  Main Road, Huetten, 92655 Grafenwoehr
Feb. 9, 2019 Sorghof FF Fasching Ball 8 p.m.  Dr.-Fitzthum-Str., 92249 Vilseck/Sorghof
Feb. 9, 2019 Sportlerball Grafenwoehr Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Stadthalle, Schulstr. 18, 92655 Grafenwoehr
Feb. 16, 2019 Pressath Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Pfarrsaal, Rosenstr. 22, 92690 Pressath
Feb. 16, 2019 Amberg Schlaghosenball 60’s Fasching Ball 8 p.m. Klosterhof 1, 92224 Amberg
Feb. 16, 2019 Vilseck FV Ball Fasching Ball 9 p.m. Mehrzweckhalle, Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck
Feb. 24, 2019 Faschingszug Pressath Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Kemnather Str., 92690 Pressath
Feb. 28, 2019 Amberger Hexennacht Weiberfasching / Outdoor 5 p.m. Marktplatz, 92224 Amberg
March 3, 2019 Vilseck Faschingszug Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Marktplatz, 92249 Vilseck
March 3, 2019 Hahnbach Faschingszug Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92256 Hahnbach
March 4, 2019 Rosenmontagsparty Sulzbach-Rosenberg Outdoor Fasching 3 p.m. Luitpoldplatz, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
March 5, 2019 Vilseck Kinderfasching Kinder Fasching 2 p.m. Mehrzweckhalle, Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck
Hohenfels area
Mar. 5, 2019 Hohenburg Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg
Mar. 5, 2019 Hohenburg Faschingszug Fasching Parade afternoon Marktplatz, 92277 Hohenburg
Feb. 9, 2019 Hohenfels Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Keltensaal, Dekan-Schnitter/Str. 6, 92366 Hohenfels
Feb. 28, 2019 Dietfurt Chinese Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92345 Dietfurt
Feb. 28, 2019 Hohenburg Weiberfasching Weiberfasching Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg
March 2, 2019 Beratshausen Fasching Parade  1 p.m. Volksfestplatz, 93176 Beratshausen
March 3, 2019 Hemau Fasching Parade  2 – 5 p.m. Downtown, 93155 Hemau
Garmisch area
Feb. 9, 2019 Kruen Sportlerball Evening Kurhaus, , Kranzenbachstr. 28, 82494 Kruen
Feb. 14, 2019 Mittenwald Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
Feb. 16, 2019 Mittenwald Faschingsball  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
Feb. 16, 2019 Wallgau Faschingsball  7 p.m. Haus des Gastes, Zugspitzstr. 11, 82499 Wallgau
Feb. 19, 2019 Mittenwald Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Gries, Im Gries 41, 82481 Mittenwald
Feb. 21, 2019 Mittenwald Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
Feb. 23, 2019 Farchant Sportlerball 7:30 p.m. Alter Wirt, Bahnhofstr. 1, 82490 Farchant
Feb. 28, 2019 Mittenwald Maschkeratreiben Noon Pedestrian Zone, 82481 Mittenwald
Feb. 28, 2019 Kruen Maschkeratreiben Noon Dorfplatz, 82494 Kruen
Feb. 28, 2019 Wallgau Maschkeratreiben Noon Dorfplatz, 82499 Wallgau

 


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