The city of Dusseldorf is preparing for its annual carnival, set to be the Mardi Grah of Europe. It begins ‘the foolish season’ this November when the locals call out to their mayor in ceremonial gibberish and he responds in kind.
This sets the tone for the rest of the festivities and revellers, taking a cheap holiday Dusseldorf, can delight in the wild antics that fill the streets up until the 9th of March.
Months of Entertainment
The whole festival and the great numbers of theatres and museums are possibly what contributes to the city being ranked 6th in Mercers Quality of Living list 2010. This spirit floods the whole city, with most of the locals getting in on the act.
Yet it is in February when the real festivities kick off as the revellers take over the town hall for the day and cut men’s ties and brave men stroll along the Königsallee in their wives high-heels. This is a dose of communal political satire on a scale that no other city can match!
Just when you thought that might be enough mayhem for one day, the town out does itself inside out all over again for its big finale, the ‘Rosenmontag’ parade. With almost 70 floats, 40 marching bands and 80 groups of walking spectators, it draws more than a million revellers who watch from the streets each year.