The “5th season”, carnival, is celebrated to the full in Braunschweig every year. The highlight of the season is the traditional carnival parade on the Sunday before “Rosenmontag” (which is the Monday before Shrove Tuesday). The procession starts at Europaplatz at 12:40 pm and goes through Braunschweig city centre catering for fun and a party atmosphere. It winds its way through the city streets for four hours and “Kamelle” (sweets) are thrown into the merry crowd.
The parade in Braunschweig is the largest in northern Germany at more than 6,5 kilometres in length. Over 40 groups of musicians and 1800 Entertainers guarantee the entertainment and a lively atmosphere. In their own special way, countless decorated floats give us the latest about stories in the news, like the motorway toll, fine particle levels in the air, Braunschweig Research Airport and many other topical items that are currently making headlines in Germany, the state of Lower Saxony and the city of Braunschweig. Numerous clubs and carnival groups, from Braunschweig and beyond, are involved in the parade.
Those involved in Braunschweig’s carnival proudly look back at the long tradition of clowning around in the city. There is proof of the “Schoduvel” in Braunschweig as long ago as 1294. The term described an age-old tradition with roots dating back to pagan times when people tried to drive away the evil spirits of cold, death and danger through loud noises, disguises and frightened behaviour. “Duvel” stands for devil and “Scho” for shying or driving away.