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Carnival in Munich Guide - Fasching Parade in Munich

Updated: Feb 3

Every year in February, the city of Munich turns into Party land and celebrates the festivity of Carnival. In the German state of Bavaria, Carnival is called “Fasching.” We attended the Fasching in Munich.


1. Fasching Parade in Munich:


This year, the Fasching Parade is taking place on February 04, 2024, at 13:00 in Munich's pedestrian zone.


Fasching in Munich
“Damische Ritte” means foolish Knight

We have been to the Carnival in Cologne, Germany, and also in Lucerne, Switzerland, Obviously, it’s not like the famous Carnival of Cologne, but still, we enjoy it and visit it every year.


Fasching, Munich
Day of the dead Parade in Munich

The Parade in 2020 started from Kreuzstrasse near Sendlinger Tor and then passed by the famous pedestrian zone Neuhauserstrasse, Kauferinger Straße to Marienplatz.


We attended our 2nd Fasching Parade in Munich in 2023 and this time Parade had a different route coming from Isartor to Marienplatz via Frauenstraße and Blumenstraße and took a longer route to pass through Marienplatz.



The pedestrian has been blocked with a rope from both sides and the way in the center has been created for the participants. The crowd was standing behind the rope.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Star War in Fasching Parade in Munich 2020

The event is organized every year by a club “Damische Ritte” which means foolish Knight. There are around 53 groups with over 1000 members participating in the parade. The parade group included big-themed trucks associated with different musical bands, fictional movies and characters, historical associations, and political parties.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

To find the best place to watch the carnival., we came around 12 PM to Kreuzstrasse and selected the perfect spot on the footpath to welcome and cheer the Parade.


Carnival Parade in Munich
Carnival Parade in Munich

In 2023, the parade started around 1:13 PM from Isartor, and to date that was the biggest Fasching Parade in Munich. For 2024, the exact route has not been announced and it's best to check the official website and our Instagram channel to know the exact place and time as we will update the Fasching information on our Social Media channels.



When we arrived, almost all the participants were there with their trucks, but the audience was still coming.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Tropical Party in Fasching Parade in Munich

We would highly suggest coming earlier to spot a perfect place otherwise It gets crowded.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

Finally, the Parade started at 1.13 PM. Danish and their Duke Casimir led the parade on a wooden horse with a sword. It was followed by 30- 40 Damian knights.


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Fasching in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

The parade participants threw candies toward the crowd (a famous tradition of Fasching).




Fasching Parade Guide in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

After that, other Participating bands dressed up in different themes started parading in their themed trucks.


You just imagine the characters, and they were part of the parade, including Super Mario, Pirates, Lego, Students of Hogwarts School of the wizard, Red Indians, etc.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Clowns in Fasching Parade in Munich

Participants were also parading and playing the live drum show and performing, enjoying, dancing, and drinking on their themed trucks.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

The kids were excited and collected and filled their bags with the candies being thrown by participants.




Fasching Guide in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

Afterward, the participants gather at Hofbrauhaus and celebrate carnival parties.


2. Narrhalla (Dance of the market women) at the Viktualienmarkt during Fasching in Munich:


On Tuesday, February 13, 2024, the Viktualienmarkt in Munich will turn into a colorful costume party. The Market Women of Viktualienmarkt start their program at around 11 am with a classic dance. There are also stalls selling different products and there will be music.


Fasching Guide in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich 2020

The event is organized by Gesellschaft Narrhalla eV and it's free of cost to enter and enjoy the carnival.


Fasching in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich


3. Carnival party on the streets of Munich Old Town:


From February 11th-13th, 2023, the old town of Munich and Pedestrian from Karlsplatz to Marienplatz had turned into a party place.



There were two big stages set up one at Karlsplatz and the other one at Marienplatz in front of the town hall and the different performers were performing and taking part in a competition.


Fasching Parade in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich

A large number of people dressed up in different costumes were gathered near the stages and enjoying and dancing to the performances with their drinks.


Things to do in Faching Munich
Things to do in Faching Munich

The pedestrian zone decorates from the Stachus to the Marienplatz to the Viktualienmarkt every day from 10:30 a.m. A large number of people dressed up in different costumes were gathered near the stages and enjoying and dancing to the performances with their drinks.


Things to do in Munich
Fasching in Munich

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There was colored confetti all over the old town and was thrown by the participants with candies toward the audience.


Fasching Party in Munich
Fasching Parade in Munich 2020


There were also stalls set up in the pedestrian Neuhauserstraße and Kauferinger Straße. They were selling carnival specialties and drinks with carnival songs. People were also gathering around the stalls and dancing and enjoying the carnival.



There were also a few stalls selling carnival costumes, balloons, and confetti. For the kids, there was a small Carousel ride and stalls with games.


Fasching Guide in Munich
Fasching in Munich

The Muencheners were dressed up in different costumes of animals like Dino, rabbits, Mouse, Sharks, and bees. Most of the kids were dressed up like fictional characters from fairytales.


Carnival Parade in Munich
Carnival Parade in Munich

There were also performances by the bands who dressed up like honey bees beat the drums and created the most energetic music which compelled the audience to dance to the beats.




Fasching in Munich 2024
Hospital Theme in Fasching Parade in Munich

That’s how Muencheners celebrate Fasching !!


4. Enjoy the panoramic view of Fasching:


You can also check out the view of Fasching from the top of Rathhaus or St. Peter Church.


Panoramic view of Fasching in Munich
Panoramic view of Fasching in Munich

Ending Note:


To enjoy the best Carnival Celebrations in Germany, The City of Cologne is a must-see place but Munich is catching up and we are excited for Fasching 2024 in Munich.


Fasching in Munich
Pirates in Fasching Parade in Munich


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