World ? Europe ? Germany ? Frankfurt/Main


Feb 2010 (annual)
Hours: 1.11pm
Cost: Free
Telephone: +49 (0) 69 767 544 05
Fax: +49 (0) 69 767 544 03
Address: Grosser Rat der Karnevalvereine, Frankfurt am Main eV, Postfach 63 02 65, 60352 Frankfurt, Germany
Link: Carnival Organiser's Website (German only)
Frankfurt's Fastnachtszug carnival parade leaves the Untermainkai and works its way around the city centre, celebrating winter's end in a blaze of colour, music and festivity. Jovial court jesters (Narro), frightening scarecrows (Strohmann) and hunch-backed witches entertain the crowds.
The carnival has a long history dating back to the 14th century, with Frankfurt's Fastnachtszug parade symbolising man's struggle against the evil winter spirits and the welcoming of a bountiful and prosperous summer.
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