Karneval is to the Rhineland…

What Oktoberfest is to Bavaria!

Join us and Mardi Gras like a German!

Our 2018 Motto-

In Washington da gehts hoch her, Beim Karneval jedoch noch mehr!

(Things are lively in Washington, during Karneval, however, even more!)

Our Special Guests the Edmonton Blauen Funken will be joinig us at Karneval auf der Reeperbahn.   Due to popularity, tickets will be pre-sale and reservation only.  Please contact the office to make your reservation by phone early!


What is it all about?

Karneval – is also known as Fasching, also nicknamed fünfte Jahreszeit(the fifith season) or närrische Saison (the foolish season) in Germany.  Many of you know it as Carnivale,  or Mardi Gras. They are all one and the same thing: pre-Lenten festivities celebrated since medieval times in grand German style.

When does Karneval start?  The “Fünfte Jahreszeit” actually starts on 11th of November at 11.11 a.m. and lasts until Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday).  Of course the public events are concentrated in the week before Ash Wednesday.  But the Karnevalsvereine (Karneval clubs) revel with sessions and parties (drinking, singing and stand-up comedy) after the official November kick-off all the way through to Lent, taking only a short break for the Christmas holidays.

Karneval is a time to have “Spaß an d’r Freud”  (Enjoy Pleasure).  Come with a group of friends, add a fun or sexy costume, leave your worries at the door and enjoy great German dance music, beer and some old traditions.

Doors Open at 7:00 PM.  Entertainment featuring DJKirsten, and of course the Anaheim Karnevalsgesellschaft begins at 8:00 PM. Admission $5.00

Are you asking, should we wear costumes? Costumes are always encouraged! If you are wondering what to wear, take your cue from the event theme. The Proklamation Party is the official coronation of the Prinz Karneval! Have some fun and wear a MardiGras mask, a colorful hat, or even a colorful clown costume, but leave the scary Halloween themed costumes at home.  During Karneval the normal formalities are cast aside. Be prepared to abandon your inhibitions!  This is always much easier when wearing a mask!

Note: The Costume Contests will take place at events in 2017.

Tables of eight or more can be reserved. Call 714-563-4166 ext. 2

Children are welcomed,  but please note, the entertainment can be adult oriented. Especially true of our Karneval auf der Reeperbahn(Red Light District theme).  We have a special Kinderkarneval  just for the kids and kids of all ages!  Fun, games and prizes for the best costumes.  Plus the Youth Dance Group provides and entertaining floor show. Free Admission


More info about tradtions

No Karneval festivities can do without it’s mock Royalty, or “Prinz” to rule over the subjects (or fools). He may rule alone or along with a Prinzessin (Ihre Lieblichkeit), as part of a Dreigestirn or with a Ceremony Minister, but traditionally  the Prinz (Seine Tollität) is always the central figure of the celebrations.  A “Hofstaat.” or royal court is usually named to support him in his Royal duties.

Proclamation – The Prinz officially proclaims the karneval season open at the Coronation and Proclamation Party in November.  This proclamation is unique.  Traditionally done in humorous rhyming style and includes 11 fun decrees for the season that must not be violated.

The carnival tradition of humorous, rhyming speeches called Büttenreden began in Cologne. An entire industry, complete with books and websites, has grown up around it. The Büttenrede takes its name from the barrel-shaped podium, or die Bütt, where the speaker stands to give his Büttenrede. A few speakers (Büttenredner) have become well-known for their craft.  During this time various speakers are invited to give presentations “in der Buett”, a huge barrel, representing the “Pulpit of the Fool.”  The Bütt is the crazy lectern, here the carnival orators can enjoy the whole crazy freedom and say what they would otherwise never say.

From 1794 to 1800 during the revolutionary wars (French Revolution) when the Rhineland was occupied by French troops, most of these celebrations were forbidden. After 1801 they were permitted again and in fact the soldiers, even the French soldiers from across the Rhine, were invited to march along in the parades. They took the place of the craft men’s guilds and formed the “Karneval Garden” (Garden = troops). This explains why, next to the Prinz and his court with all their fancy outfits, there are so many groups that are dressed in the 18th and 19th century military uniforms. Only today they don’t carry muskets but rather musical instruments. “Funkenmariechen” -as the top dancing girl is named every year – this is an honor.  Funkenmariechen also wears this type of 19th century military uniform, as do all the other dancing girls in the Karneval Clubs. Originally, during wars and in the military, these girls used to accompany the troops and provided “entertainment.” Hence their presence also in the Karneval tradition.

Battle cry of all Fools! In the center of the parade is the “Karneval Prinz” and his court. This is the most popular of all the floats, because literally tons of candy are thrown to the spectators standing along the parade route. In Cologne the Karneval cheer is “Alaaf”. Beware, yelling Alaaf may result in being showered with candy! A session in Mainz or Düsseldorf without “Helau” would not be conceivable at all. Do not make the mistake of using the wrong battle cry. Major Party foul in that.  At the Phoenix Club we use Helau and forgive an Alaaf.

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