Carnival in Mainz
"Fassenacht", or carnival – the famous fifth season and the celebration that out-parties all others. Several parades, especially the huge Rosenmontag parade through the city centre, create a great atmosphere in Mainz.
Main dates of the Carnival in Mainz
In the following please find the important dates of the Carnival session, the 5th season, in Mainz. For further information check the event calendar (German) closer to the dates of the next session.
The campaign officially begins with the New Year's parade of the guards through the city centre on 1st of January. From this day on a diverse program of carnival sessions and costume balls in the Rheingoldhalle and the palace proceeds till "Aschermittwoch". The sessions usually begin 11 minutes past the hour, a typical carnivalistic time.
The legendary "Jugendmaskenzug", a parade of children and young adolescents wearing masks normaly takes place in the city centre on Carnival Saturday. This year the "Jugendmaskenzug" goes through the streets earlier: on saturday, February 18th 2023. It is the biggest children's parade in Europe. A special event is the swearing-in ceremony of the recruits.
As a foretaste of what happens on Rosenmontag in Mainz you should not miss the parade of the "crazy" guards through the city centre starting at 11.11 a.m. as well as the presentation of the floats.
It goes without saying that the districts of Mainz also take part in the celebrations.
You can watch parades in several districts during the Carnival period. (More information bellow)
The climax of each campaign is the Rosenmontag parade at 11.11 a.m. with 9,500 participants and 165 floats. This year it takes place. On this special day everyone is on the move and the city centre turns into a colourful sea. The Rosenmontag parade carves its way of seven kilometres through the celebrating croud with political floats, the huge figural heads (Schwellköpp), music floats, flag bearers and guards.