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:




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.




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




Sportlerball are Fasching balls organized by a local sport club.




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. 8. 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  2018
Saturday, 13 January 2018 Weiden Max Reger Halle Stadtball 7 p.m. Dr.-Pfleger-Str. 17, 92637 Weiden
 Schloss Theuern Schwarzweiss Ball 8 p.m.  Portnerstr. 1, 92245 Theuern
 Sorghof FF & SKV Fasching Ball 8 p.m.  Dr.-Fitzthum-Str., 92249 Vilseck/Sorghof
 Amberg Casino Tuntenball 11 p.m.  Klosterhof 1, 92224 Amberg
 Hirschau Fasching Warm-Up Music Parade 3:11 p.m.  Josefshaus, Kolpingstr. 8, 92242 Hirschau
 Saturday, January 20, 2018 Pressath Weiberfasching 8 p.m. Pfarrsaal, Rosenstr. 22, 92690 Pressath
Friday, January 26,  2018  Diessfurth Sportheim Weiberfasching 7 p.m.  Waldstr. 2, 92690 Pressath
Saturday, January 27, 2018  Vilseck FV Ball Fasching Ball 9 p.m.  Mehrzweckhalle, Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck
 Weiden ADAC Ball Fasching Ball 8 p.m.  Dr.-Pfleger-Str. 17, 92637 Weiden
Friday, February 2, 2018  Hahnbach Faschingsball Fasching Ball 7:30 p.m.  Gasthof Ritter, Hauptstr. 25, 92256 Hahnbach
Saturday, February 3, 2018  Huetten Faschingszug Fasching Parade 2 p.m.  Main Road, Huetten, 92655 Grafenwoehr
 Sportlerball Grafenwoehr Fasching Ball 8 p.m.  Stadthalle, Schulstr. 18, 92655 Grafenwoehr
 Sunday, February 4, 2018 Faschingszug Pressath Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Kemnather Str., 92690 Pressath
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Amberger Hexennacht Weiberfasching / Outdoor 5 p.m. Marktplatz, 92224 Amberg
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Eschenbach Faschingszug Fasching Parade 1:30 p.m. Marienplatz & Karlsplatz 92676 Eschenbach
Sunday, February 11, 2018  Vilseck Faschingszug Fasching Parade 2 p.m. Marktplatz, 92249 Vilseck
Monday, February 12, 2018 Rosenmontagsparty Sulzbach-Rosenberg Outdoor Fasching 3 p.m. Luitpoldplatz, 92237 Sulzbach-Rosenberg
Tuesday, February 13, 2018  Vilseck Kinderfasching Kinder Fasching 2 p.m.  Mehrzweckhalle, Am Schnellweiher 2, 92249 Vilseck
Hohenfels area
 Friday, January 19, 2018  Hohenburg Weiterfasching  Weiberfasching  Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg
Saturday, February 20, 2018 Hohenfels Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Keltensaal, Dekan-Schnitter/Str. 6, 92366 Hohenfels
Thursday, February 8, 2018 Dietfurt Chinese Fasching, Parade 2 p.m. Downtown, 92348 Dietfurt
Saturday, February 10, 2018 Beratshausen Faschingparade 1 p.m. Volksfestplatz, 93176 Beratshausen
Sunday, February 11, 2018 Velburg Faschingparade 1 p.m. Downtown, 92355 Velburg
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Hohenburg Kinderfasching 2 p.m. Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92277 Hohenburg
Hohenburg Faschingszug Fasching Parade  afternoon Marktplatz, 92277 Hohenburg
Parsberg Kinderfasching 2:30 p.m. Burgsaal at the castle, 92331 Parsberg
Schmidmuehlen Faschingball Buergersaal at the Rathaus, 92287 Schmidmuehlen
Garmisch area
Sunday, January 21, 2018 Kruen Sportlerball Evening Kurhaus, , Kranzenbachstr. 28, 82494 Kruen
 Thursday, January 25, 2018  Mittenwald  Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
 Saturday, January 27, 2018  Mittenwald  Faschingsball  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
 Wallgau Faschingsball  7 p.m. Haus des Gastes, Zugspitzstr. 11, 82499 Wallgau
 Monday, January 29, 2018 Mittenwald  Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Gries, Im Gries 41, 82481 Mittenwald
 Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Mittenwald Maschkera Gungl  7 p.m. Gasthof Alpenrose, Obermarkt 1 , 82481 Mittenwald
 Saturday, February 2, 2018 Farchant Sportlerball 7:30 p.m. Alter Wirt, Bahnhofstr. 1, 82490 Farchant
 Thursday, February 8, 2018 Mittenwald Maschkeratreiben Noon Pedestrian Zone, 82481 Mittenwald
 Kruen Maschkeratreiben Noon Dorfplatz, 82494 Kruen
Wallgau Maschkeratreiben Noon Dorfplatz, 82499 Wallgau
Friday, February 9, 2018 Kruen, Bergwacht Faschingsball  7:30 p.m. Kurhaus, , Kranzenbachstr. 28, 82494 Kruen
 Sunday, February 11, 2018 Garmisch Faschingsball  7 p.m.  Braeustueberl, Fuerstenstr. 23, 82467 Garmisch Partenkirchen
 Tuesday, February 13, 2018  Grainau  Faschingstreiben  2 p.m.  Downtown, 82491 Grainau

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