Duesseldorf Carnival Season Climax on February 16, 2015: Rose Monday Parade
Duesseldorf has been in party mode since the Carnival season began on November 11 with the awakening of the carnival spirit “Hoppeditz,” and the city is reaching fever pitch in anticipation of the season’s biggest event, Rose Monday, on February 16. Expect a city out of control – in a good way – and the Carnival madness of millions parading through the streets melting any winter cold and heating up the streets, bars, and pubs in the Old Town with some of the best party atmosphere anywhere on this planet.
Düsseldorf, Germany – Finding something delightfully unexpected in a place you visit is one of the best experiences in a great trip. Düsseldorf at Carnival time is all about defying expectations – and then some. For most of the year, it is one of the finest cosmopolitan cities and centers of art, commerce and fashion you’ll find anywhere in Germany and beyond. But during Carnival season, and especially the season’s climax on Rose Monday, the people of Düsseldorf and the thousands that visit pull out all stops and throw their usual civilized selves out the window to sing and dance around in costumes and parade the streets on floats like, well, a bunch of fools – a name they call themselves. One million fools will fill the streets on February 16, 2015, for the traditional Rose Monday Parade, one of the best parties in the world.
The Rhine region is known as Germany’s center of carnival festivities, or Rhenish Carnival, and Carnival in Düsseldorf is one of the strongholds. More than 300 Carnival sessions and costume balls take place during the season, also called Fools’ season, which kicks off on November 11 and ends on Ash Wednesday (the beginning of Lent: February 18, 2014). The season culminates on Rose Monday. The city has no fewer than 60 Carnival clubs, and their members are among the 5,500 parade participants who also make up about 45 bands and 60 floats. The parade is more than a mile and a half long.
Because of Düsseldorf’s 260 bars, pubs, and restaurants in the city’s historic Old Town, the city is also known as “the longest bar in the world.” And these venues become the backdrop for the extended festivities as the parade spills into the entire city and the revelers take over.
In addition to the parade there is “Altweiberfastnacht” (Old Ladies’ Carnival) on the Thursday before Rose Monday (February 12). Extremely popular with Düsseldorf’s women, it’s a time for them to storm the town hall and cut men’s ties off with scissors – a custom developed hundreds of years ago to show the town fathers who’s boss. Moreover, there is a “Youth Procession” on February 14, a family-oriented “Carnival Sunday” on famous shopping boulevard Königsallee on February 15, and a “Barrel Race” – people in barrels racing – on February 16.
For more information about Carnival in Düsseldorf and about hotel and visitor specials, visit http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/our-top-events/carnival/. Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering a hotel and city carnival special for stays between February 12 -17, 2015. The package, called “Carnival in Düsseldorf,” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at https://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/accommodation/hotel-packages/hotel-package-carnival-in-duesseldorf/. Prices start at €54 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €74 per person for a 4-star hotel. The package includes breakfast and a Carnival-themed breakfast tray, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.