Carnival Season Kicks Off in Düsseldorf on 11-11-2011

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“Now we’ll just laugh about it” is this year’s official carnival motto as Germany’s carnival stronghold city begins the annual respite from all things sad and serious on November 11, 2011, leading up to Rose Monday Parade on February 20, 2012.

Rose Monday Parade in Düsseldorf (2012 date: February 20)

The city is not just home to the “Longest Bar in the World” (260 bars and pubs in under a mile), but it knows just what to do with it.

The city is not just home to the “Longest Bar in the World” (260 bars and pubs in under a mile), but it knows just what to do with it. The arriving Winter season doesn’t stop Düsseldorf from letting its hair down. This year, carnival season kicks off November 11, and weeks of parties, costume balls, and as much humor as possible will ensue. Doom and gloom stand no chance during the coming weeks, until Rose Monday Parade on February 20, when the fun goes out with a big bang. There will be more than 300 carnival sessions and costume balls across Düsseldorf, and this year’s official motto - “Now we’ll just laugh about it” - is as much an invitation for the locals not to take life so seriously as it is for the whole world.

Düsseldorf is a city known for its cosmopolitan character and sophisticated living (Düsseldorf ranks No. 6 on a list of global cities in quality of life), but November 11 is the annual date on which the city begins to reveal its wild side and transforms into a place where rip-roaring behavior is suddenly acceptable.

The season culminates on Rose Monday, its highlight (2012 date: February 20). One million people, many dressed up in costumes and called fools, line up to watch the Rose Monday parade with floats designed by artist Jacques Tilly. The city has no fewer than 60 carnival clubs, and their members are among the 5,500 parade participants who also make up the 45 bands and 70 floats. The Rhine region is known as Germany’s center of carnival festivities, or Rhenish Carnival, and Carnival in Düsseldorf is one of the strongholds.
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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit

Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third largest, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit


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