The North America Office of Duesseldorf Tourism and Duesseldorf Airport Announce: Carnival Spirit Awakens in Düsseldorf on 11-11-2013 and Kicks Off Season of Festivities

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“Hoppeditz” is the name of the carnival spirit that kick-starts the carnival season in Düsseldorf when it awakens with German punctuality at 11:11 am on November 11. Four months of parties and more than 300 carnival events follow, leading up to the season’s biggest event, the Rose Monday Parade on March 3, 2014.

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Carnival in Düsseldorf

Travelers can hop on a non-stop flight to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) from eight North American airports and jump into the carnival madness just minutes after landing.

Carnival season in Düsseldorf is not a joke – it’s four months of carnival fun at one of Germany’s carnival centers, and it starts on November 11 with the awakening of the carnival spirit called “Hoppeditz,” the first in a series of more than 300 parties, costume balls and carnival sessions.

This year’s motto is: "Düsseldorf mäkt sech fein!" (“Düsseldorf gets dressed up”) – a way for Düsseldorfers to make fun of the city and its denizens, both known for putting importance on a pretty façade.

Besides the kick-off on November 11, this season’s highlights include the “Old Ladies’ Carnival” on February 27, when women take over city hall and cut men’s ties off with scissors; a “Barrel Race” with people in barrels racing on March 2, 2014; and “Carnival Sunday” on famous shopping boulevard Königsallee on March 2. The season culminates on Rose Monday (2014 date: March 3). One million people, many dressed up in costumes and called fools, line up to watch the exuberant Rose Monday Parade with its colorful and creative floats.

Travelers can hop on a non-stop flight to Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) from eight North American airports and jump into the carnival madness just minutes after landing.

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.
For more information about carnival in Düsseldorf and about hotel and visitor specials, visit http://www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de/en/our-top-events/carnival/.

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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 http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.

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