What do you think of the Carnival?
It’s funny and strange, but also very good. I come from South-Korea. In my country we don’t have anything like this. I’m dressing up like this for the first time in my life.
Cologne Carnival was opened on 11.11 at 11.11 – Multicoolty Tour
Carnival frenzy started in Cologne
If anybody desires to have a culture shock, then the Cologne Carnival is the place to be. Today was the official start of the Carnival season, which lasts until mid-February, so get your calendars out and come see it for yourself. The frenzy was officially opened on the 11th of November at 11.11 in the morning, which, indeed, was Monday morning this time. A normal workday… A huge misjudgement right there.
By the time we got to the centre, around 11, it felt like it’s one o’clock in the morning on a Saturday night and everybody is celebrating Halloween. Needless to say, by that time everybody seemed to be out of their minds. And this is not even an exaggeration. People were literally dancing in pubs with disco lights and loud music and this even before lunchtime!
For foreigners like us, this setting can be rather confusing, though many multicoolties were already converted by the crazy Rhinelanders, wearing a full costume and having their fifth beer at Midday. For the sake of the tourists and the multicoolties who don’t yet know what the Cologne Carnival is, we decided to ask some Rhinelanders celebrating on the streets one simple question: how would you explain to a foreigner in one sentence what Cologne Carnival is?