If you have never been to a carnival before, you have to try the Copenhagen Carnival. Have you ever seen those carnivals that they have in Rio and wished that this could happen in your town? Well your wish is about to come true. Get ready to see loads of colors, costumes and well-rehearsed performances.
Where and when
The Copenhagen carnival takes place in Fælledparken, if you have not been yet, it is a huge park where concerts often take place. They place a fence around the whole park just for the event to get some entrance control. The main entrance points are at Øster Allé and Edel Sauntes Allé. This year (2016) the carnival runs for two days. The 14th of May (from 11:00 – 23:30) and the 15th of May (from 10:00 – 23:30).
You are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks, but there are many food stands and refreshment options inside. You are also not allowed to bring your bicycle, but are welcomed to park it outside. There are 6 music stages and a children’s activity area. Word of advice, bring sunscreen and a picnic blanket so you can relax and enjoy the carnival.
The six different stages have different themed performances. The themes you can choose from are African, Cuban, Electric, Family, Carnival and World Dance. The program is yet to be announced, but see the link bellow to keep yourself posted on schedules and price. Speaking of price, it is important to remember that there is an entrance fee, but children from 0-10 years of age have free entrance. Once you have payed entrance you will receive a bracelet that you must take good care of because it is proof that you have payed.
Copenhagen carnival also arranges three parades that are free for everyone to observe.
- The traditional Copenhagen Carnival Parade
Starts: Saturday the 14th of may at 10:00, from Kongens Nytorv, moves down to Amager torv and ends at Kultorvet. The parade fills up the streets of Copenhagen with colors, music and dancers, transforming the quiet streets into a party.
- The Night Parade
Starts: Sunday the 15th of May at 20:00 on Edel Sauntes Allé. Turns a quiet Sunday night into a night full of spirit.
- The Children’s Parade Starts:
Sunday the 15th at 10:00 at Fælledparken (you might be required to pay an entrance fee)
So now you have no excuse for having a lazy weekend, go out and experience a carnival like no other.