Carnival spirit grips Swakopmund

The Swakopmund Karneval, also known as Küska, has begun: On Saturday a part of the main road was closed for this year’s “Narrenwecker”. Narrenwecker in German means Jokers/Jester wake-up-call and marks the start of the carnival season.
“It was a very successful event, which we can in part thank the very good weather,” commented Küska spokesperson Joachim von Wietersheim to namib times. The “Narrenwecker” started in the morning and lasted until the late afternoon. This time Bernd Sievertsen was responsible for good music, while ample drinks and food was available. Besides a short and sweet programme, giving the public a sneak preview of what can be expected soon, the “Narrenwecker” also marks the start of the ticket sales for the carnival evenings, which start later in June. Tickets are avail-able at the Swakopmunder Buchhandlung.
The carnival will continue with the annual “Prinzenball” on 17 June, followed by the children’s carnival “Küskika” on 18 June. Thereafter will follow the “Damenabend” (Ladies Night, 20 June), International Evening (21 June), Mixed Evening (22 June) and the German Evening (23 June). All evenings will take place in the “Haus der Jugend”.
For the “Maskenball” (Fancy-Dress-Party, 24 June) there is a slight change this year. Entrance will only be allowed to persons 18 years and older. The end of the carnival is marked by the always popular “Umzug” (float procession) on 25 June, which is followed by the “Kehraus” immediately thereafter in the SFC Hall.

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