Dressed in colourful patchwork costumes and with carved wooden masks, they proceed through the villages, crack their whips through the air and distribute pretzels and “sweeties”. If they are caught, they have their faces painted with soot.
The wild journeymen’s costumes are made painstakingly by hand: Around 6,000 dark red felt diamonds are sewn onto coarse burlap, in addition to gold trimming and bells as well as hand-woven green wool braids. The masks are carved and prepared by a local artist.
The Nature Park Altmühltal is famous for its carnival tradition. Substantiated evidence can trace the custom back to the 18th century. Today there are lots of events to do with “Fosanegl”, “Fasenickl” and “pintos”.
- Gardetreffen (type of dance show) in Kipfenberg Date: 17/01/2020 www.kipfenberg.de
- Chinese Carnival in Dietfurt with fools’ high jinks and carnival parade
Date: 20/02/2020 www.dietfurt.de
- Big carnival parade in Kipfenberg and carnival parties right up to the finale Date: 25/02/2020 from 1:30 p.m. www.kipfenberg.de
- Vehmic court and finale in Breitenbrunn Date: 24/02/2020 www.breitenbrunn.de
- Carnival Monday procession in Enkering Date: 24/02/2020 www.kinding.de
- Carnival parade in Kinding Date: 23/02/2020 www.kinding.de
- “Rossmarkt” in Berching Date: 05/02/2020 www.berching.de