Things to do – Feb. 2, 2017

Toy exchange
Within the framework of the exhibition “The Treasure in the Garbage,” the environmental advisors invite young visitors to exchange and give away toys in good condition. To participate, put cars, dolls, card games and more on the “exchange and gift table” and take “new” toys if necessary. Children enjoy the exchange, and the environment does, too. Because when things are passed on, nothing new has to be produced. This saves raw materials, energy and also creates fun! Toys can now be delivered at the “Umweltladen,” Luisenstraße 19 in Wiesbaden. However, the individual parts should not be larger than a reusable shopping bag. The exchange and gift shop runs through Feb. 21 Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Creative workshop
Whether parents, grandparents, aunt, or uncle, those big and small can craft together in the family afternoon workshop. Artist Mireille Jautz will lead the workshops. Participation is free; however, the participating adults should email with the age(s) of the child(ren) attending. Children should be between three and 12 years old. Kinder- und Jugendgalerie, Dotzheimer Str. 99 in Wiesbaden from 3 to 5 p.m. February 19.

“Fastnacht” in Wiesbaden
In the Hessian state capital, the “fifth season” (Carnival/Mardi Gras) has been officially celebrated since 1859. This year it begins Feb 23 with the traditional “Altweiberfastnacht” (Fat Thursday) in the Wiesbaden Altstadt (Old Town). On this day the town center is populated by those reveling in the festivities and the beginning of this popular phase of the Wiesbaden fast night is extensively celebrated.

The festivities continue Feb. 25 at 10 a.m. with the children’s festival in Wiesbaden, which has been ringing in Fastnacht Saturday for a few years. At 3:11 p.m. the popular children’s pageant begins and each junior Carnivaler can practice what it means to become a great fool. After the children’s pageant, the fools storm the town hall of Wiesbaden and take over the power until Ash Wednesday.

Feb. 26, Wiesbaden’s Carnival parade, well known far beyond the city’s borders, awaits. The tour starts at 1:11 p.m. at Elsässer Platz. From there, the parade makes its way through the city center past the town hall and with thousands of fools on the edge of the street, almost 400,000 Carnivalers in the past year up and about again. When the parade has finished its journey, celebrations will continue for a long time. In the bars and pubs, there is a lively Carnival atmosphere until the wee hours of the morning.

Ash Wednesday, March 1, everything will come to an end and the fools return the town hall key to Lord Mayor Sven Gerich. Then they pack their costumes and prepare for the new campaign 2017/2018. For the parade route, go to:

Rose Monday Parade in Mainz
“Fassenacht,” or Carnival — the famous fifth season and the celebration that out-parties all others Feb. 27. Carnival means wonderful days and all-night parties, dinners in fine halls with political speeches and “Kokolores”(gobbledegook), costumed balls and the huge Rosenmontag parade through the city center.

Carnival’s origins stretch right back to the 16th century, while the first carnival societies were founded in Mainz in the 19th century. But carnival is also part of the city’s history — a phenomenon of cultural history that has made this Carnival center famous far beyond the boundaries of the city thanks to the well-known television show, “Mainz bleibt Mainz, wie es singt und lacht.” The highlight of each Carnival campaign is Rose Monday, with all of Mainz on its feet, transforming the inner city into a colorful sea. The parade, with its political motorbikes, swirling cloaks, music trains, carriages and guards, makes its way along the celebrating crowd.
Place: Große Bleiche, 55116 Mainz; Time: 11:11 a.m. More information: