An invitation from the Ivy Circle to join fellow alumni for a guided tour in Cologne to get an introduction to the famous carnival ("Fastelovend") in Cologne.
The guided tour (in German) will be led by Peter Buchbinder, long-time commander of the carnival club Treue Husaren Blau Gelb. While walking along a part of the famous "Rosenmontagszug" route, where millions of carnival fans will celebrate on Shrove Monday, we will discover...
- who invented carnival?
- how to become part of the triumvirate as farmer, virgin or prince?
- why the farmer wears ermine?
- what's the difference between a traditional carnival corps and a carnival corps?
- why Cologne's mayor runs out of a carnival session fuming?
- why the Roten Funken break their oath so frequently?
- and many other interesting facts about the "fifth season".
As part of the tour, we will also visit one of the traditional brewery bars, which play a key role in the carnival celebrations.
We will meet at the Kreuzblume opposite of the main entrance of the Kölner Dom (next to the Domforum) at 2.20 pm.
Please sign-up by Thursday, 2 February 2017 by clicking here.
The guided tour is free of charge for members of the German Friends of LSE. The participation fee for non-members is €10, which we ask you to transfer to our bank account DE57300700240612018200, reference: Köln Tour February 2017.
Please note, that drinks at the brewery bar are not included and need to be paid individually.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Cologne.