Updated: Jan 31
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.
This year, the Fasching Parade is taking place on February 12, 2023, at Munich's pedestrian zone.
We had been to Carnival in Cologne, Germany, and also in Lucerne, Switzerland, and to be honest, we weren’t expecting that Munich also has a big carnival. Obviously, it’s not like the famous Carnival of Cologne, but still, we were very excited.
We attended the Fasching parade for the first time in 2020, and it took place on Sunday, February 16. The Parade started from Kreuzstrasse near Sendlinger Tor and then passed by the famous pedestrian zone Neuhauserstrasse, Kauferinger Straße to 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.
The event has been organised by a club “Damische Ritte” which means foolish Knight. There were 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.
We came to around 12 PM to Kreuzstrasse and selected the perfect spot on the footpath to welcome and cheer the Parade.
When we arrived, almost all the participants were there with their trucks, but the audience was still coming.
We would highly suggest to come earlier to spot a perfect place otherwise It gets really crowded.
Finally the Parade started at 1.13 PM. The parade was led by Damish and their Duke Casimir on a wooden horse with a sword. It was followed by 30- 40 Damian knights.
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The parade participants threw candies toward the crowd (a famous tradition of Fasching).
After that, other Participating bands dressed up in different themes started parading in their themed trucks.
You just imagine the character, and they were part of the parade, including Super Mario, Pirates, Lego, Students of Hogwarts school of the wizard, Red Indians, etc.
Participants were also parading and playing the live drum show and dance performances. The participants were totally enjoying it, They were dancing and drinking on their themed trucks.
The kids were really excited and collected and filled their bags with the candies being thrown by participants.
Afterward, the participants gather at Hofbrauhaus and celebrate carnival parties.
Narrhalla celebrates on the Viktualienmarkt:
On Thursday, February 20, 2020, the Viktualienmarkt in Munich turned into a “Nonsense Thursday” where carnival companies along with women from Viktualienmarkt, celebrated a carnival party with their dance performances which they practiced for months.
The event had organized by Gesellschaft Narrhalla eV and its free of cost to enter and enjoy the carnival.
Carnival party on the streets of Munich Old town:
From February 23rd-25th, 2020, 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 town hall and the different performers were performing and taking part in a competition.
The large number of people dressed up in different costumes were gathered near the stages and enjoying and dancing on the performances with their drinks.
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There was colored confetti all over the old town, and was thrown by the participants with candies toward the audience.
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 few stalls selling carnival costumes, balloons, and confetti. For the kids, there was a small Carousel ride and stalls with games.
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.
There were also performances by the bands who dressed up like honey bees and beat the drum and created the most energetic music which compelled the audience to dance on the beats.
That’s how Muencheners celebrate Fasching !!
To enjoy the best Carnival Celebrations in Germany, The City of Cologne is a must-see place.