Countless Jecken (revellers) gathered in the parts of Germany that celebrate Karneval – known as the fifth season – on November 11th.
The event starts every year on this date at 11:11 am, and stretches into February or March, when colourful parades spill into the streets.
Cologne always holds a large celebration on this date, with people pouring into its Altstadt (old town).
Revellers in Cologne, as shown in the photos, get ready for carnival season by getting dressed up in various outfits.
A carnival enthusiast, below, waves to the camera in Cologne.
Events were taking place throughout Cologne, including in the Heumarkt. There was set to be a stage programme all day with bands including the Bläck Fööss, the Paveiern and Brings.
Below is a view of Zülpicher Strasse in Cologne on Friday morning before carnival kicked off.
It’s not just Cologne that’s celebrating the start of the “fifth season”. Other areas – including Mainz and Bonn as mentioned in the tweets below – are also marking the occasion.
— Ayesha Khan (@Ay_es_ha) November 11, 2022
The bakeries are chock full of Kreppel and I’m sharing a train carriage with five bumble bees, a tiger and a kangaroo that cracked open a tin of Jack Daniels at 10am. Happy carnival season, Mainz. pic.twitter.com/6pJtJmZDmt
Another carnival stronghold – Düsseldorf – also marked the start of carnival season.
Feeling a bit under dressed this morning. It’s the beginning of the Karneval season and Düsseldorf is busy with lots of revellers in fancy dress and bright colours.
Will be a lot of very drunk people later I expect judging by the morning drinking taking place. pic.twitter.com/by2NejdNjV
— 𝗕𝗲𝗯𝗯𝘇 (@bebbz) November 11, 2022
The Düsseldorf carnival figure Hoppeditz, below, awakens from his sleep at 11:11am, marking the start of carnival. The motto of the 2022 carnival season is: “Düsseldorf Helau – we celebrate life”.
Don’t forget to listen to The Local Germany’s in Focus podcast to hear more about carnival season, as well as German news and other traditions.
People wear outlandish outfits – with lots of colour involved – like these dudes shown below outside Cologne cathedral.
🎉 It’s 11.11, and 11:11 am CET has just passed! Alaaf! 🎉
🥳 This mark’s the beginning of the Karneval season. In Cologne, people from different walks of life celebrate in their colourful festival costumes!
Here’s some exciting trivia to match this celebration! A thread 🧵 pic.twitter.com/tyFBjzQydD
— Service Design Network (@SDNetwork) November 11, 2022