Cologne Carnival at RheinEnergieStadion


Carnival celebrations Cologne in the stadium Image: AS+P

It is official – the Cologne Rose Monday parade will take place at the RheinEnergieStadion at Müngersdorf in Cologne, Germany, on February 28th as Rose Monday Festival 2022. Cologne’s Zochleiter Holger Kirsch made the announcement in this regard recently. The stadium is all set to wear a carnival look.

The ‘Koelner Express’ stated that the Shrove Monday celebrations will take place with or without spectators. The plan is to have spectators but everything depends on the Omicron situation in Germany as presently the Omicron wave is breaking new weekly cases record in the country.

The Rose Monday parade in Cologne is the largest event of its kind in Germany, and draws up to a million visitors from all over the world to the City every year.

Shrove Monday, sometimes known as Collop Monday, Rose Monday, Merry Monday or Hall Monday, is a Christian observance falling on the Monday before Ash Wednesday every year. A part of the English traditional Shrovetide celebrations of the week before Lent, the Monday precedes Shrove Tuesday. This year it will take place on February 28th.

The 50,000-capacity RheinEnergieStadion, formerly Müngersdorfer Stadion or Müngersdorfer Stadium, is a German football stadium in Cologne (Germany). It was built on the site of the two previous Müngersdorfer stadiums. It is the home of the local Bundesliga team 1. FC Köln.

Stated Kirsch, “I and my team are presently working on plans on how to hold the festival taking into consideration the Omicron situation in Germany. It is a very fluid situation and we are still not sure whether the pandemic situation will improve in February and if we can go ahead with the festival.”

The ‘Koelner Express’ further stated that the Zochleitung is firm on holding a ‘Shrove Monday Festival’ in the RheinEnergieStadion. And the plan is to hold the event with or without spectators.

Plans are being drawn out for the groups who will participate in the festival. There should be minimum of 30 persons in each group. Each group will be allowed one vehicle.

Horses will also be allowed. Two to four horses will be allowed with each group. The Cologne Carnival Festival Committee is also considering allowing marching bands and dance groups.

Each group will have to mention in the form to be filled up for participating in the event as to how many people are participating. Participating in the Carnival will be free of cost.

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