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Cologne’s Carnival up close!

Cologne’s Rose Monday carnival parade is an unforgettable experience for the visitor, especially when you see up close how over 10,000 people throw tons of “Kamelle und Strüßcher”  (sweets and flowers) from the floats to the revelling crowds. Along the seven-kilometre route of the parade you can find many places that serve as good viewing spots. But the Festkomitee grandstands are a great chance to experience the parade in an even more relaxed manner and see all the details of the special satirical floats full-size. For this event the “Festkomitee Kölner Karneval” (Festival Committee of the Cologne Carnival) has some attractive offers:

We offer you sheltered and non-sheltered seating on our grandstands. Carnival-goers also have the possibility to choose between self-catering and our special catering options:

  • Non-sheltered seating/ bench: EUR 49,-
  • Sheltered seating: EUR 79,-

TIP! Sheltered seating/ chair plus all-inclusive catering: EUR 169,-

You can order and buy your grandstand tickets here:
Order by e-mail from the ticket service of Festkomitee Kölner Karneval: kartenservice@koelnerkarneval.de

Or buy directly for 2017:
In the "Kaatebus" (ticket bus) of Festkomitee Kölner Karneval at Neumarkt
phone: +49 (0) 221 - 25 80 40 4

Opening time

Wednesday – Friday  9.30 – 18.30 hrs
Saturdays 9.30 to 16:30 hrs

At Theaterkasse Galeria Kaufhof Hohe Straße
phone: +49 (0) 221 - 22 13 44 91

In 2017 the Carnival dates are as follows:

  • Women's Carnival Day, Thursday, 23 February 2017:
    Official opening of the street carnival at 11:11 hrs at the Alter Markt in the heart of the old town of Cologne.
  • Carnival Saturday, 25 February 2017: 
    Traditional ‘Funkenbiwak’, the gathering of the colourful Corps troops at the Neumarkt.
  • Carnival Sunday, 26 February 2017: 
    School group parade through the city centre starting at 11:00 hrs.
  • Rose Monday, 27 February 2017:
    The climax of street carnival, with the official parade starting before 11:00 hrs, organised by the Festival Committee of the Cologne Carnival of 1823.
  • Carnival Tuesday, 28 February 2017:
    Various Carnival parades in the suburbs of Cologne.
  • Ash Wednesday, 29 February 2017: 
    Traditionally, fish dinners are served at pubs and restaurants

The Parade on Rose Monday

No doubt, the highlight of the street carnival is Rose Monday with well over 10.000 participants (one-third of them female) 500 horses, 128 floats and 123 bands. Some 1.5 m people line the streets.

The 2017 motto: “These kids just blow your socks off” Don't miss it!