Added on: 28th January, 2012 by David_1281
Bromley’s twinned town of Neuwied is nearing the climax in carnival festivities.
Carnival festivities in Bromley’s twinned town of Neuwied on the banks of the Rhine are nearing their climax with the peak of activity taking place from Thursday 16th February to Tuesday 21st February. As elsewhere in Germany, the festivities in Neuwied officially began on the 11th November at 11.11am and will come to an end on Shrove Tuesday Carnival (Karneval) in Germany is often referred to as the fifth season of the year along with Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The final few colourful and crazy days (tolle tage) begin on Thursday 16th February when the women throughout Neuwied will celebrate and have their carnival night (Wieberfastnacht). On the Saturday carnivalists will storm the city hall and the Carnival Prince will take the keys of the city from the Lord Mayor. The main carnival parade through the streets of Neuwied takes place on the Monday (Rosenmontag), followed by celebrations in bars and restaurants throughout the evening and into the early hours. Then, at midnight on Shrove Tuesday 21st February - six weeks from the beginning of Lent - carnival season is brought to an end with the burning of the carnival spirit (using an effigy of the carnival prince) in repentance for all the feasting, drinking and merriment that has gone before.
If you are nearby, go into Neuwied and join in the fun!