Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Franconian Carnival - A Sad Story?

This posting is not about my trip for a change. It is about German carnival. I really don't like it (I write 'don't like' because I want to avoid the ugly word 'hate'). I am glad that the show is over today because it is Ash Wednesday.
I am not even sure why I don't like it. Maybe because I don't want to be funny just because the calendar tells me to do so
Yes, I can tolerate guys that do like carnival - as long as they don't force me to wear funny hats.

I stumbled into the remains of a carnival parade in Nuremberg and wondered whether the folks are really funny. Is it possible to look sad in a costume? So I asked random people to pretend to look sad. The carnivalistas tried hard but in the end a hidden smile lurked behind the pretended sadness.
Conclusion for me: They really had a good time and one can't be sad wearing bunny ears.

Are you a carnival person? Tell me about it.


  1. No, not at all. But I remember dimly a guy, that made we wear a red garbage bin with a face on it where my head should be. And hold a sign with the words "girls with red hats are funny people". And all that in June...

  2. Oh, you are right.
    Red heads are indeed funny folks.

    Here is the photo B is talking about.

    It is really clever of me to take photos that are anonymized by default, isn't it?

  3. Oh, I don't have any problem with being funny... Even with my full name.