Fasching madness


Photo by Mackinley Bullock

Photo by Mackinley Bullock

Wiesbaden Lord Mayor Sven Gerich gestures and expresses grand excitement as the parade gets sparks up. Fasching events consumed the community and entertained many as Mainz-Kastel/Kostheim kicked things off Feb. 14. (Photo bottom left) Wiesbaden followed suit a day later with a two-hour parade through the downtown area, featuring various Fasching clubs, social institutions and dance clubs. Garrison officials and community members watched in and around the city hall. Hainerberg Elementary School first-, second- and third-grade German Immersion students took part in the parade, as well, to get a dose of German culture. And, finally, (Photos top and top left) the big day — Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday, in Mainz. Three hours of floats, political and entertaining, colorful and fun, dancers, jugglers, horse riders and marching bands entertained Fasching followers far and wide in one of Germany’s biggest Fasching festivals.

Photo by Anemone Rueger

Photo by Anemone Rueger

Photo by Anemone Rueger

Photo by Anemone Rueger


Photo by Mackinley Bullock

Photo by Mackinley Bullock