Colorful costumes, masked balls and elaborate parades are all part of Fasching festivities. Commonly known as Mardi Gras in the States, Fasching celebrates the few remaining days before the solemn season of Lent. In Germany, parades and parties are usually held on Rose Monday (Rosenmontag) or Shrove Tuesday. Here are a few upcoming events for revelers wanting one last shot of indulgence and debauchery:


Nuremberg Fasching Parade Feb. 26, Nuremberg

Join the festivities of one of the oldest Fasching processions in Germany! This lively parade winds its way through the charming streets of Nuremberg’s city center.

Dance of the Market Women Feb. 28, Munich

Kaiserslautern and the Pfalz

Carnival Party Feb. 23, Ramstein-Miesenbach

Speckball Carnival Party Feb. 23, Elschbach

Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball Feb. 25, Club E’, Ramstein AB

Street Carnival Party Feb. 25, Bann

Mardi Gras Party Feb. 25, Armstrong’s Club, Vogelweh

Children’s Carnival Feb. 26, Ramstein

Children’s Carnival Feb. 26, Mackenbach

Children’s Carnival Feb. 26, Bruchmühlbach

Rose Monday Fasnacht Parade Feb. 27, Mainz

Colorful floats, elaborate costumes, bands and raucous performers fill the streets of Mainz on Rosenmontag. The highlight of the carnival season in Mainz, the Rose Monday parade can take as long as five hours to pass through the streets. Keep an eye out for sweets and other treats thrown into the festive crowds.

Rose Monday Parade Feb. 27, Seligenstadt

Shrove Monday Procession Feb. 27, Schönenberg-Kübelberg

Shrove Monday Parade Feb. 27, Krottelbach

Ramstein Carnival Parade Feb. 28, Ramstein-Miesenbach

Rhein Main

Storming of the Town Hall Feb. 25, Frankfurt

Children’s Festival Feb. 25, Wiesbaden

Greater Frankfurt Parade Feb. 26, Frankfurt

Carnival Sunday Parade Feb. 26, Wiesbaden

As per tradition, the Wiesbaden Carnival parade will kick off at precisely 1:11 p.m. Enjoy lively performers, music and beautiful floats as they pass by. The party continues long after the parade has finished.

Heddernheim Klaa Paris Feb. 28, Frankfurt-Heddernheim


Küblerball Feb. 25, Stuttgart

Children’s Carnival Feb. 26, Stuttgart

Guggen-Monster Concert Feb. 27, Stuttgart

Carnival Day Parade Feb. 28, Stuttgart

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