Tag: carnival

Carnaval in Binche, Belgium is a really different experience. I’ve wanted to go since seeing pictures of these guys—the Gilles. Imagine 1000 of them in those creepy masks… The masks are wax and, according to the tourist office web site, worn on Shrove Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. Eight-thirty, a two-hour drive away, after a long weekend in Hamburg wasn’t happening so we went for the…

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Sunday was the Children’s Carnival parade (Kinderoptocht) in Sittard in the Netherlands. During Carnival season, a parade is held for and by children—usually the day before the big parade on Carnival Monday/Rosenmontag. The kinder parades are more “kid friendly” (read: less pushing…slightly) with various school groups participating. Children of all ages dress in costume and march in the parade. Sittard’s 2013 children’s parade was February…

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On Sunday we went to the Karneval (Carnival) parade in Cologne. Nicholas and I did. Jacob was up sick four times the night before, starting at 1:30 a.m. He was so disappointed that he couldn’t go. He was standing at the door waiting, all dressed in his coat and Batman mask. Poor guy. This was the Schull-un Veedelszöch parade (the children’s parade), with more than…

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Here are few screenshots from the Sittard, NL Kinderoptocht (children’s carnival parade) on Sunday April 27. This is the family-friendly one that’s before Carnival Monday (this year March 7). A lot of the participants are children, including babies in decorated strollers. We opted not to go. The weather was forecast to be sunny and 58 degrees, so, naturally, it was 41, windy and raining. Instead…

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