|This painting depicts the early carnival celebrations|
|Central railway station carnival style|
Amid all the singing, dancing and the pub crawls there is also the big parade on Monday with enormous, colourful floats made of paper maché. On Tuesday follows the children's parade.
Besides the attire the colours red-white-yellow are associated with carnival in Oeteldonk the whole city is draped in them. Statues, houses, flower stalls, everything shows the colours. Shop windows join in the fun and the wares are adjusted to reflect the carnival celebrations. It's a world gone mad for three days!
While visiting the city recently with Gerrie, my sister-in-law, we walked amidst the preparations for the coming celebrations:
|Not visible in the picture, but even the gold dragon statue|
on the pillar is wearing a red-white-yellow shawl
|Big windows are removed (damage) and at every pub or café extra room is created |
to hold the extra patrons during the celebrations. It can still be very cold outside...
|Town Hall in Oeteldonk colours|
|Flower stalls join in with the appropriate colour scheme...|
|More room added to this row of cafés|
|This 'farmer' is still wearing the old attire|
|Even statues don't escape the fun of dressing up|
There are many more pictures available. Just google 'carnaval in Oeteldonk' and click on 'images'.
On our walk through the city there were more places that asked for pictures, so here's an impression of a few of the interesting spots we walked past:
|A mural in the former red light district|
As you can see, water everywhere. It's all part of the river systems called "De Binnendieze" which are found throughout the entire city, and, after the restoration no longer the smelly waters which we all hated when we grew up.
I hope you enjoyed this impression of my birth place which I hope I haven't visited for the last time yet...