It’s the annual Fasching celebration in Munich right now, as the city warms up with Carnival – Munich’s own series of parties and balls around the city leading up to Fat Tuesday. You may not think of Munich as a hot spot for Carnival, but the city really adopts any reason to party, even sending most workers home at noon on Fat Tuesday. But they have to be at work on time Wednesday morning. As it kicks off with a parade that goes by our corner, we decided to invite a few friends over to help us bring in the Fasching season. The girls loved getting dressed up, and loved even more having so many friends to watch the parade with.
Alexandra discovering her wings – actually Sophia’s wings as they are being passed down, the scourge of being the second child. Alexandra kept running around the house saying, “I’m flying…I’m flying” with her new wings. Then she showed off her posed smile.
Sophia and her friends awaiting the beginning of the parade. All you could hear is, “Sweeties, Sweeties, Sweeties.” All the floats throw candy (sometimes aiming them directly at the kids heads – seriously do you know how much suckers hurt as they are being hurled at you!), and the kids had their bags ready to pick up as much as they could fit.
Sophia, Aidan and Sarah looking for candy as it’s thrown from the floats. We constantly had to keep moving the kids back away from the floats (driven by farm tractors with 8’ wheels), but there was little hope of keeping them away from the candy.
The picture of the crew of kids and the spoils from the parade – all with their own bags filled with candy. One child even used one of the parents hats to gather all the loot.