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Carnival in Düsseldorf

Düsseldorf Helau! There's no holding back carnival fans in the metropolis on the banks of the Rhine when the fifth season kicks off. Revellers will be in their element from 11 November 2018, when Hoppeditz awakes, to Ash Wednesday on 6 March 2019. At Düsseldorf’s carnival, people laugh, dance and kiss, as countless carnival events are held throughout the season.

Carnival highlight: The politically themed floats of satire artist Jacques Tilly:

Carnival weekend:

  • 28 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 6 March 2019 (Ash Wednesday)
  • Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 4 March 2019

Where: throughout the Düsseldorf region, especially the city centre

Scheduled dates:

  • 2020: 20 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 26 February 2020 (Ash Wednesday), Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 24 February 2020
  • 2021: 11 February (Altweiber/Women’s Carnival) to 17 February 2021 (Ash Wednesday), Rosenmontag (Rose Monday): 15 February 2021

Highlight of the 2018/2019 street carnival:

Hoppeditz Awakes
11 November 2018, 11:11 a.m., Marktplatz
Kick-off to the carnival season at the Rathaus (city hall), with "Narrenschelte" (Jester’s Scolding) from Hoppeditz

Altweiberfastnacht (Women’s Carnival Day)
28 February 2019, 11:11 a.m., Düsseldorf Altstadt (Old Town)
The occasion when the women of the city traditionally ‘storm’ the Rathaus (city hall), followed by a street carnival in the Altstadt (Old Town)

Children’s and Youth Procession
2 March 2019, 14:00 p.m., Düsseldorf city centre
Young and old carnival revellers ("Jecken") gather to march through Düsseldorf’s city centre – a must for all families.

Carnival Sunday ‘Kö-Treiben’
3 March 2019, from morning, Königsallee
Informal street carnival on Königsallee, with spectacular costumes and small ‘home-made’ floats

Rosenmontagszug (Rose Monday Parade)
4 March 2019, 12:00 noon, Düsseldorf city centre
The grandest procession, with decorated floats and countless revellers on foot parading through the city centre. The politically themed floats of satirist Jacques Tilly are famous the world over.

For more information, dates and news on Düsseldorf’s carnival go to our Event Calendar or visit and

Event Organiser:
Comitee Düsseldorfer Carneval
Tel: +49 211 330 101/02
Fax: +49 211 31 80 418