Was ist los in Franken? Jan. 30 through Feb. 6, 2015
January 30, 2015
Kinderfasching - Nürnberg
The Eibanesen, a carnival organization, hosts several Kinderfasching parties at the Palmengarten downtown Nürnberg (Innstraße 17), on Feb. 1 and 15, always starting at 3 p.m. Admission price is 3.50 euros, tickets can be pre-ordered at 0911- 64 94 108 or 0911/80194419.
Toon Walk in Nürnberg
Larger than life comic personas like Bugs Bunny or Homer Simpson are parading through downtown Nürnberg on Jan. 31, celebrating the International Toy Fair that is taking place simultaneously at the Messezentrum Nürnberg. The Toon Walk starts at Pfannenschmiedsgasse (near Lorenzkirche) at 11 a.m. with a show program, games, face painting and more going on all day until 5 p.m. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/321650504692310/?ref=4
Ultimative Faschingsparty - Neustadt a.d.Aisch
A Fasching party for adults with party band and show entertainment takes place at the Neustadthalle (Würzburger Str. 48) in Neustadt on Saturday, Jan. 31., starting at 7:30 p.m. Come dressed in a costume and receive a glass of bubbly and have a chance to win a prize for best costume. Admission is 8 euros (pre-order at 09161/4038 recommended). To learn more, go to www.fg-geissbock.com
Kneipenjagd - Rothenburg ob der Tauber
This year's pub crawl in Rothenburg takes place in 13 locations on Jan. 31, starting at 8 p.m. One ticket buys admission to all locations all night work. Tickets for 11 euros can be purchased in advance at the Rothenburg Tourist Office and all participating locations; evening tickets are 13 euros. To learn more, go to www.kammerevents.de
Big Party at Brücken-Center
"The Big Party" takes place in the Brücken-Center Ansbach on Saturday, January 31 at 9:30 p.m. - 4:00 a.m.; DJs and artists from all over Germany bring dance fun to Ansbach. To learn more, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/522024477933890/?ref=348508e494aa2fc5e7d95bcdc286fbbbd54a9527b4544c1328d834df8f5b8a493e714d5b81ab91297ae0997ff6f9f31a0ef9fa83b95097e0da8deb4ee03a7139cref_newsfeed_story_type=regular
Hummelremmidemmi in Pleinfeld
The Hummelremmidemmi in Pleinfeld, a carnival event on Feb. 1, starts with a Catholic church service at 10 a.m. and lunch and continues with a parade through the town at 2 p.m. which is followed by a party at the church annex. To learn more, go to www.pleinfelder-hummel.de
Kinderfasching - Schwabach
A Kinderfasching takes place in the Markgrafensaal Schwabach (Ludwigstr. 16) on Feb. 1, starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.schwabanesen.de
"Feiern & Eis" in Ansbach
The Bavarian radio station "Bayern 1" is bringing an ice skating party to Ansbach on Feb. 6 through 8. They will put up a 300 square meter ice rink on Martin-Luther-Platz downtown, as well as a music stage. The event will open on Friday from 3 to 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The radio station DJs will play hits from the 70s and 80s; for more details visit their website at http://www.br.de/radio/bayern1/inhalt/aktionen/feiern-und-eis-bayern-100.html
Scottish Festival in Fürth
Experience the Scottish way of life at the Schottenfest in the Grüne Halle Fürth (Krautheimer Straße 11) on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 4 p.m. The program features Highland Dancing, bag pipes, a Scottish Whisky lounge, a fashion show, lamb roast, Haeggis, fish and chips .....to learn more, check out www.gruenehalle.de
Kinderfasching & Parade - Rothenburg o.d.Tauber
A Fasching parade for kids takes place in Rothenburg on Saturday, Feb. 7, starting at 1:30 p.m. at the Luitpoldschule across Marktplatz, where they will be greeted by city officials. The parade is followed by a Kinderfasching party at the Reichsstadthalle (2 p.m., Spitalhof 8). To learn more, go to tourismus.rothenburg.de
Kinderfasching - Feucht
A large Kinder Fasching party, hosted by the local sports club, takes place on Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. at Karl-Schoderer-Sporthalle (Segersweg 9) in Feucht (doors open at 1 p.m.). Game stations and bouncy castle are just a few of the attractions; admission for kids is 2 euros, adults pay 3 euros.
Fasching parade in Wolframs-Eschenbach
The annual Fasching parade in Wolframs-Eschenbach on Feb. 8 is a Carnival highlight of the region; the parade starts at 2 p.m. at the Sportzentrum on Steingrubenweg and moves on through the old town. Fasching parties take place afterwards at the Gasthaus Heubusch and Pizzeria Stefan. To learn more, go to www.wolframs-eschenbach.de
Kinderfasching - Gunzenhausen
Gunzenhausen's Kinderfasching party takes place on Feb. 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Stadthalle (Isle-Platz 1). Entertainment includes games, face painting, dancing and "best costume contest." To learn more, call 09831/508109 or go to www.gunzenhausen.info
Chinesenfasching in Dietfurt
The traditional Chinese Fasching in Dietfurt is well-known in the area. It always takes place on "nonsense Thursday," which falls on Feb. 12 this year. The town criers, called "Maschkaras," wake up the town at 2 a.m. with lots of noise. The party downtown on the stage in front of the Rathaus (city hall) starts at 1 p.m.; at exactly 1:61 p.m. the parade begins to move from Industriestrasse through town towards the town center, where the annual proclamation of the emperor is held. For more details check out www.dietfurt.de/chinesenfasching or www.chinesenfasching.info
Weiberfasching in Ansbach
A party with the live band Saitenspinner takes place at the Kammerspiele in Ansbach (Maximilianstrasse 29) on Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. To learn more, go to www.kammerspiele.com
Fasching in Allersberg
The city hall of Allerberg is taken over by the Allersberger Fleckleshexen ("patchwork witches") in an event called Rathaussturm at 2 p.m. on Feb. 12, followed by a children's parade and party at the Sybilla-Maurer-Grundschule in Allerberg. To learn more, go to www.fako-allersberg.de
Fasching, Fastnacht & Karneval
The Fasching season, also known as the "fifth season" in Germany, has a long tradition in Europe; it originates in the preparation for the six-week fasting time during lent, which ends on Easter. Fasching, Fastnacht, or Karneval is a time when Germans loosen up a little, dress up in funny costumes and party. Karneval is especially popular in the Rhine region; cities like Cologne, Mainz or Düsseldorf more or less shut down to party during the high season. The date of the long Fasching weekend varies, depending on the church calendar; while the official start of the season is always on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11.11 a.m., the revelers stay dormant during the Advent and Christmas season until the actual high Fasenacht season in the following spring. In the time between New Year's and the high Fasching season many towns and villages host balls, parties and parades. Party goers typically dress up as a character, similar to Halloween. German police are cruising the streets more frequently at night to catch those who drink and drive.
For children, many communities host parties called "Kinderfasching," usually taking place in a community center or gym. These events involve dress-up for the kids, a lot of loud music and dancing, games, face painting and food. They are quite popular with the kids, while the parents go along as chaperones (ear plugs recommended!).
The high season starts with Altweiberfasnacht, or crazy Thursday (Feb. 12), when traditionally the women take over the city's courthouse and cut off the tie of any man who dares to wear one. After attending parties all weekend long, people flock to the large cities like Cologne or Mainz to watch the Rosenmontag ("Rose Monday") parades (Feb. 16), or stay local and enjoy smaller parades, often with folklore background.
Faschingsdienstag (Feb. 17) -- Shrove Tuesday - offers one last chance to party hard and then "bury" the carnival at midnight until following year. Aschermittwoch (Ash Wednesday) marks the beginning of Fastenzeit ("fasting time"- lent); the weeks before Easter are often used as a time for reflection and renunciation of certain personal vices (like smoking, alcohol or candy).