After 56 yrs of Karneval it’s “Helau and Goodbye” to Anaheim!

A new Karneval Season opens on Nov. 13th, with Piratenball. And as tradition demands resumes after Twelfth night with events in January, and February of 2021!  Our events may be preempted by the moving van, but we will find a way to celebrate none the less.  Be sure to stay tuned for more info as it becomes available.  Read on for a little more about our traditions. 

Germans consider this time “the Fifth Season” of the year, and it begins on November 11th, at 11:11AM.  In this magic hour, the Narren (fools) are awakened for another season of care free revelry.  The number 11 is the fool’s number and with that, it’s the official Karneval number.  So, we celebrate milestones in increments of 11.

Naturally, we’re all fools during this season, and we take pride in looking a little silly too.  The Elferrat (Council of Eleven) are the officials who come together to plan the events for the upcoming festivities. The official hats of the councils’ members, fool’s caps with little bells, set the standard for the events to come, as do the uniforms of the Prinzengarde, the prince’s official guard of young ladies in short skirts, mock the formal Prussian guard with a lively floor show.

The Prinz and his Prinzessin represent the governing body presiding over the season.  The highest honor is to be selected as Prinz Karneval. All must obey his silly whims and fancy!  The fun festivities reach their peak with celebrations that end on Ash Wednesday.

Karneval is a chance to have some crazy fun before the pious days of Lent.  There are Costume Balls,  Satire events,  Silly performances, and of course plenty of opportunities to laugh and have a drink (or two) with friends!

So join the Anaheim Karnevalsgesellschaft and celebrate Karneval in Anaheim!  And #PartyLikeAGerman!


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  • Saturday, November 13, 2020
  • Open at 7:00 PM – 11:59 PM in the Ballroom
The Fifth Season is here! This year is unusual as we open a season which never officially closed in 2020 due to the pandemic.  Piratenball is our celebration of choice to fill the ballroom and celebrate Karneval one last time, after 56 years, in Anaheim.   Our Prinz Karneval and his lovely Prinzessin will preside over traditional entertainment and laughter!  It is about time for some fun. And as we face the move to a new home it may be a while before we can pull out all the stops again.  Don’t miss this event.  Restaurant kitchen closes at 8:00pm.  Cocktail bar and German Beer on tap. Admission is $10
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The Anaheim Karnevasgesellschaft is planning a season of remote events in 2022.  Our move will likely leave us without a home venue in the very near future. So we will be enjoying this 5th season visiting guests and planning for a grand opening 2022-23 season.

Look forward to our traditional offerings once the move to our new home is complete.

Costumed guests are offered a colorful program of various Karneval performances at Prunksitzung: Stand up comedy, Satirical skits, songs to sing along, all in a night club atmosphere.

Lose your worries and have some fun. The old tradition during the 5th season is a masked Costume Ball.  There is no specific theme, so you are limited only by your imagination.  There is plenty of incentive with a Costume Contest and prizes for the best costumes.

Lumpenball is our traditional Season Closer, All guests are encouraged to come in rags and tatters as that is all that is left by the end of Karneval! This event is the a farewell ceremony for the Prinz and his Prinzessin.  Sometimes it takes the form of a funeral, or it may take the form of a court trial with the Nubble as the defendant.  Afterall the crazy behavior was all his fault.

Join in the fun and experience German Mardi Gras tradition first hand. The program  typically includes a procession of fools in costume,  performances by the Prinzengarde, the Damen Revue and the Smileys. Drink Specials, and amusement.  Dates and entertainment are subject to change as social gathering restriction dictate. Currently no dancing is allowed.

  • Stay tuned for more info on this Event 

Kinderkarneval is our very popular Children’s Mardi Gras Party.  We are still working  on a date for this event in 2022.  We are hoping to co-host this event at Old World in Huntington Beach  Please stay tuned for news.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2022
  • Please stay tuned for more information on this event.

The Anaheim Karnevalsgesellschaft honors the official end of the Karneval Season with an Ash Wednesday Fish Dinner.  Join the AKG for Seasonal Specials of Seafood.

Costume Prizes:
In prior years we have held costume contests.  Please stay tuned for more details.


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