It was now Carnival in Germany, a time to celebrate with costumes, fun and nonsense to chase the winter blues away before Lent – here’s David in his Robin Hood Carnival costume.
Carnival week is the week prior to Ash Wednesday, beginning on the Thursday prior – and a time for silliness and fun to take center stage in village life.
Since Ash Wednesday was on March 1, 1995, Carnival week was the last week of February – a time when it is cold, dark and dreary in Germany.
David stands in our driveway in Hetzerath wearing his Robin Hood Carnival costume – which he’d already worn for a few Halloweens as well.
David stands with his friends in Hetzerath as the villagers gather to watch the Carnival parade come down the main street in town.
Most villages in Germany have a number of clubs or organizations in town that also plan for their participation in the Carnival parade – here the village band approaches in colorful costumes.
As the band marches by you can see that everyone is dressed in colorful and festive costumes to mark the occasion of Carnival.
This float looks to have been organized by the village youth soccer club, and a highlight of the Carnival parade is that candy is tossed into the crowd for the kids to enjoy.
Here a men’s club have made an old sailing ship as their float, and instead of tossing candy to the children they are handing out adult beverages to the adults.
The ship sails and rows down the street, complete with oars and a crew that is more intent on passing out beers to the adults than rowing.
Two other clubs walk along the course of the parade in their respective groups – one dressed in wigs and red costumes and the other in white costumes carrying baskets.
This men’s club sports Roman togas and offerings of wine for the adults along the parade route, with a replica of Trier’s historic Roman ruin – the Porta Nigra or “Black Gate.”
The best float of the Carnival parade was this Ghost Ship carrying a crew of Pirates – and as I recall they threw handfuls of candy for the kids as they brought up the rear of the parade.
David’s class in Hetzerath’s elementary school dressed up for Carnival along with their teacher – and here’s their February 1995 school photo including their teacher – with David wearing his Batman costume seated in the front row.