Carnival in Wiesbaden
In 2018, the so-called fifth season – "fünfte Jahreszeit" – is celebrated again in the Hessian state capital from 8 th 14 February, like it has been officially celebrated since 1859. The party starts on Thursday, 8 February 2018, with the traditional "Altweiberfastnacht" in the old quarter of Wiesbaden. A large number of merrymakers then throng to the centre of the city to wildly celebrate the beginning of the Wiesbaden Carnival.
The festivities in the Hessian capital continue on Saturday, 10 February 2018, with the grand children's festival which has been ringing in Carnival Saturday for a few years. The popular children's parade starts at 3:33 p.m., letting junior carnival fans test what it is like being a big merrymaker. After the children's parade, the merrymakers storm the Wiesbaden town hall and rule until Ash Wednesday.
Carnival Sunday Parade
On Carnival Sunday, 11 February 2018, the Wiesbaden Carnival Parade, which is famous far beyond the city limits, awaits spectators. As a grand old tradition, it starts at 1:11 p.m. on the Elsässer Platz. From there, the parade makes its way through the centre of the city past the town hall and thousands of merrymakers lining the streets. The partying goes on in Wiesbaden long after the parade is over. The high-spirited carnival atmosphere in the bars and pubs lasts until the early hours of the morning.
It is all be over on 14 February and the merrymakers return the keys of the town hall to the Lord Mayor, Sven Gerich.