Monday, February 27, 2006

Hannover helau!

That's what costumed revelers were shouting when I went downtown on Saturday. I actually went to shop but ended up watching some of the Karneval parade anyway because the streets were just full of people and getting anywhere was difficult.

"Helau!" is the standard Karneval 'battle cry' and originated in Düsseldorf. If you live in Cologne, however, you need to shout "Kölle Alaaf!" (Köln vor allem) - roughly "Cologne before all the rest!". In Rheinland-Pfalz you'll often hear "Narri Narro!" and in Mannheim they say "Ahoi!"

My kids went off to school today for a bit of fun looking like this





25 Comments:

At February 27, 2006 9:58 a.m., Blogger Lisa said...

*LOL* Adorable! :D Oh man, I wish I'd thought of number two!

 
At February 27, 2006 11:34 a.m., Blogger Just another American Expat said...

Hopefully “Capone” wasn't caring his machine gun.

 
At February 27, 2006 12:27 p.m., Anonymous Karl said...

We're never gonna be able to live down that stereotype.

 
At February 27, 2006 12:44 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Lisa - we inherited #2 (the costume, not the kid) from some friends and I'm not exactly sure yet what it's supposed to be. Those are his real eyes behind those crazy glasses.

Duncan - No machine guns allowed in school! He had to leave his at home.

Karl - You mean not everyone from Chicago dresses like that? ;-)

 
At February 27, 2006 1:32 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

This sounds really interesting and fun, Christina. I really don't know much about Karnival even though I lived in Germany! Does every town celebrate?

Your kids look great! :)

 
At February 27, 2006 1:44 p.m., Blogger christina said...

Hi Cathy - it's not as big in the north as it is in the south, however most towns celebrate a bit with parades and the kids get dressed up for school. The biggest parade in the north is in Braunschweig but Karneval mostly seem to centre around Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mainz and Koblenz.

 
At February 27, 2006 2:17 p.m., Anonymous wendi said...

such cute costumes

 
At February 27, 2006 2:59 p.m., Blogger mar said...

Al Capone! and the red-hair with those glasses! (Pumuckl?)enjoy it. My experience in Hamburg was very low key but the kids (not mine) loved the costumes.

 
At February 27, 2006 4:22 p.m., Blogger Expat Traveler said...

Hmm - sounds fun for watching the parade. Is it loud and full of music too? It feels like a halloween celebration all over again for the boys!

 
At February 27, 2006 4:44 p.m., Blogger Anne said...

Looks like great fun!! :)

 
At February 27, 2006 6:24 p.m., Blogger Cathy said...

Thanks, Christina!
I will have to surf the internet about it a little more. I have friends in a few of the cities you mention.

 
At February 27, 2006 6:58 p.m., Blogger Elemmaciltur said...

Helau! How cute is that? Well, hope they had a great day at school!

 
At February 27, 2006 7:40 p.m., Blogger CanadianSwiss said...

Love those picts, Christina. What? No guns in school? ;-) And it could be Pumuckl. Great glasses (well, the effect)

 
At February 27, 2006 7:54 p.m., Blogger Alison said...

Very Cute!

 
At February 27, 2006 9:23 p.m., Blogger J said...

The second one (Boy12?) looks a lot like you :P

As far as Carnival goes here, it's mainly a drinking holiday. Big whoop. What's the difference bewteen getting drunk and wearing a costume and not? I'll never understand that, which is why I flee to Italy for a REAL Carnival celebration (after the annual Women's Day Pissup, of course).

I did actually attend the Carnival parade here in 2003 and damn near fell asleep during it due to how boring it was.

 
At February 27, 2006 10:21 p.m., Anonymous wendy said...

I like Capone's "tough face" face and stance...so cool!

 
At February 27, 2006 11:40 p.m., Blogger Dixie said...

Oh look! They both look great! I hope they had fun today!

 
At February 28, 2006 12:00 a.m., Blogger christina said...

Mar - I don't think it's Pumuckl - he doesn't have glasses. Boy12 seem to think it's a goat herder or something. Who knows? :-)

Expat - Yeah, it's really loud. There are all sorts of clubs and associations that have their own marching bands so there's music the whole time.

Cathy - if you look up "Karneval" at the German Wikipedia there's tons of information.

J - Thanks alot! ;-) Yeah, he got my crappy eyesight and orange hair. Yep, the parades aren't that exciting in Germany but it's all we have, right?

Wendy - he had fun trying to look really mean. :-)

 
At February 28, 2006 1:40 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks like alot of fun !! -

 
At February 28, 2006 1:43 a.m., Blogger Mr. Fabulous said...

Awesome! They are styling...

 
At February 28, 2006 2:36 a.m., Blogger Ginnie said...

You realize we've waited for this day for...forever! The show-and-tell is always a memory to behold. Al Capone is even BETTER than I was expecting! How fun.

 
At February 28, 2006 7:38 a.m., Blogger Karen said...

They look great! Bet they had a great time!

 
At February 28, 2006 9:53 a.m., Blogger Tracie B. said...

is that some crazy german cartoon character?

 
At February 28, 2006 1:00 p.m., Blogger Haddock said...

Al Capone is too cool! :)

 
At February 28, 2006 2:40 p.m., Blogger Betty said...

Wonderful costumes!! I think that's Snuffy Smith in the glasses. Was he carrying moonshine?

 

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