Carnival Royalty
USAG Schinnen celebrates Carnival, March 4. Last year's Carnival royalty from among the USAG Schinnen workforce included (L-R) Ben Dols, event organizer, 2010 Carnival Princess Jennifer Partridge and Prince Jo Dohmen, and Jean van Haen, event

SCHINNEN (Netherlands) - Carnival, or "Fashing" as it is often called, is an important local tradition. This year it is celebrated March 6 to 8 with parades, parties and many other events.

Aachen, Cologne, Dusseldorf and other cities in Germany stage parades, called "Rosenmontag Zug" on the Monday of Carnival, March 7. They all start around noon. Aachen also has a childrens parade, March 6. Maaseik, Belgium hosts a clowns parade in the center of town, March 8, at 7 p.m.

The following is the parade schedule for most towns in the Limburg Province of the Netherlands (where USAG Schinnen is located). Unless otherwise specified, all parades start around 2 p.m. The parades in the town of Schinnen are March 7 and 8, from 1 to 5 p.m. and could delay access to the base. Please plan accordingly.

Amstenrade - Main parade Monday, March 7.

Beek - Lighted Parade (illuminated) Sunday, March 6, starts 6:30 p.m.; Main parade Monday, March 7, begins 1:30 p.m.

Bingelrade - Saturday, March 5.

Bocholtz - Monday, March 7.

Born - Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 1 p.m.; Children's parade Tuesday, March 8, begins 1:30 p.m.

Brunssum - Children's parade Saturday, March 5; Main parade Monday March 7, begins 1:40 p.m.

Doenrade - Saturday, March 5.

Eygelshoven - Sunday, March 6.

Geleen - Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 1:50 p.m.; children's parade Monday, March 7.

Heerlen - Children's parade Saturday, March 5, begins 1:33 p.m.; Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 12:11 p.m.; Lighted parade (illuminated) Tuesday, March 8, begins 8:11 p.m.

Hoensbroek - Children's parade Saturday, March 5, begins 1:11 p.m.; Main parade Monday, March 7, begins 1:11 p.m.

Hulsberg - Monday, March 7, starts at 1.30 p.m.

Jabeek - Tuesday, March 8.

Kerkrade - Children's parade Saturday, March 5; Main parade Monday, March 7, begins 11:11 p.m.

Landgraaf - Children's parade Saturday, March 5 begins 12:30 p.m. in Heggenstraat.

Maastricht - Children's parade Saturday, March 5, begins 2:11 p.m.; Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 1:33 p.m.; Family parade Monday, March 7, begins 2:33 p.m.

Margraten - Sunday, March 6. Meerssen - Main parade Monday, March 7; Children's Tuesday, March 8, begins 3:15 p.m.

Merkelbeek - Sunday, March 6.

Munstergeleen - Main parade Monday, March 7; Children's Tuesday, March 8.

Neerbeek - Tuesday, March 8, starts 1 p.m.

Nieuwstadt - Main parade Monday, March 7; Children's Tuesday, March 8.

Noorbeek - Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 1:30 p.m.; Children's Tuesday, March 8, begins 1:30 p.m.

Nuth - Sunday, March 6. Obbicht - Sunday, March 6.

Oirsbeek - Sunday, March 6.

Puth - Children's parade Saturday, March 5; Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 1: 11 p.m.

Roermond - Main parade Monday, March 7, begins 1:11 p.m.

Schaesberg - Tuesday, March 8, starts 1:11 p.m.

Schimmert - Main parade Monday, March 7.

Schinnen - Main parade Monday, March 7; Children's Tuesday, March 8.

Schinveld - Children's parade Sunday, March 6; Main parade Monday, March 7.

Simpelveld - Sunday, March 6.

Sittard - Children's parade Sunday, February 27, begins 1:33 p.m.; Main parade Sunday, March 6, begins 12:55 p.m.

Spaubeek - Sunday, March 6.

Stein - Children's parade Sunday, February 27, start: 1:30 p.m.; Main parade Sunday, March 6, start: 1:40 p.m.

Susteren - Main parade Monday, March 7; children's Tuesday, March 8.

Sweikhuizen - Tuesday, March 8.

Thorn - Monday, March 7.

Ubach over Worms - Sunday, March 6.

Valkenburg - Children's parade Sunday, March 6, begins 3:11 p.m.; Main parade Monday, March 7, begins 1:11 p.m.; Illuminated parade Tuesday, March 8, begins 8 p.m.

Voerendaal - Sunday, March 6.

Wijlre - Sunday, March 6.

Wijnandsrade - Sunday, March 6.

Besides the parades, many towns in Limburg also host other Carnival activities such as brass band contests. In Maastricht, for instance, the Prince Carnival and his retinue will hold a reception at the city's train station, March 5, at 1:11 p.m. At 1:55 p.m., they will march to the Market Square where the Prince will lay a wreath at the statue of "'t Mooswief" (cabbage woman).

There's also a Carnival brass band contest, March 8, at 2:11 p.m. on the Vrijthof in the center of town where the closing of Carnival will conducted at 11:55 p.m. Other towns have Carnival brass band contests, including Sittard on March 7, at 3 p.m. in the Market Square. On March 8 at 2:11 p.m., groups of costumed people give out oranges to kids and adults who yell: "APPELSIENE, APPELSIENE" (oranges, oranges) in Sittard. For more information on other activities during Carnival visit one of the VVV Offices (Tourist Office) in Valkenburg, Sittard, Maastricht or Heerlen.

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