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Tanzmariechen- Those Fabulous Karneval Dancers!

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Ever wonder about those beautiful dancing girls in “military uniforms” at Karneval/Fasching celebrations? They march and move in perfect synchronicity and even tumble through the air without landing on their head. But did you know that these “Tanzmariechen” or “Funkenmariechen” are more than just a pretty face and fun dance moves? Their history reaches back […]

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Make this Fairly Easy Berliner Recipe for Karneval or Silvester

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Fasching! Karneval! Even NEW YEAR! or maybe you just LOVE them, it’s a good time for Berliner! Honestly, I seldom make them, because fried foods are not really great for the waistline, and we live down the street from one of the world’s great Donut places (shout out to SloDoCo!). BUT it’s Karneval season, and […]

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Muller Fasching Verein Nordamerika- Bringing Tyrol to Milwaukee

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It turns out, the best time to see witches in Milwaukee is NOT at Halloween… it’s between January 6th and Ash Wednesday, during Fasching/Karneval Season. But the witches are just a supporting role in this performance that goes back 500 years in the Alps of Austria. The 70-member strong Muller Fasching Verein of Nordamerika carries […]

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The Maschkera… Behind the German Fasching Masks

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Cover photo- photo by F Delventhal courtesy flickr creative commons The Rhineland may be known for it’s Karneval / Fasching parades and celebrations, but go further south, to Alpine area of Baden Württemberg, and you will find a different sort of Fasching Reveler. The Maschkera hide behind heavy carved wooden German Fasching Masks and parade […]

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What is Weiberfastnacht? Women Kick off Karneval!

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Karneval or Fasching Season is loaded with parties, parades and fun events. But one special event sticks out… especially for Women! Weiberfastnacht. What is Weiberfastnacht? It’s the start of street Karneval Celebrations! The day when Karneval kicks into high gear! and… it’s a special day for Women to take over! In 2019 I arrived in […]

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What is a Lumpenball? The End of the Karneval Party!

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While adding events to the Fasching Celebration pages and the German Girl in America Events Pages, I keep coming across something called a Lumpenball… but, What IS a Lumpenball?? A ball of lumps? (that can’t be right!… although one website had an article about painting a ball of rags…). A Lumpenball that final Karneval party. […]

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