Become a volunteer
Every year Aalborg Karneval is aided by 2000 dedicated volunteers who help create the right carnival atmosphere. Volunteers are often heads of associations, local sports clubs, boy and girl scouts and support associations, all with a common purpose: to make Aalborg Karneval unique. Being an Aalborg Karneval volunteer provides an exclusive opportunity to go behind the curtain of the biggest carnival in Northern Europe and observe the organizational machinations that make the event possible.
The volunteers handle a number of varying tasks such as setting up Kildeparken, manning the sales stands, helping the sound people, entrance ticketing, clean-up, hosting international carnival groups, arranging food provisions, furnishing signs around the city, parade guard duty, emergency aid, facilitation of traffic etc.
You are welcome to contact us via e-mail at:
Karen Moelskov, 57
Why did you choose to become an Aalborg Carnival volunteer?
I was a newcomer and had heard about the carnival from friends and colleagues. What appealed to me about the carnival was, and still is, that it is for everyone, children and adults alike.
What tasks have you had as an assistant?
I have had many different tasks. The first year I was a guard in the parade. It was a wild experience. Since then I have been given tasks in “Sambasaden”. I have also worked at the Children’s Carnival where my tasks were to sell beer and soda. I like that it is a busy job, but also that we assistants are considered and cared for, which is nice when you’re no longer a spring chicken. Additionally, dealing with widely varying tasks is enjoyable.
What does the carnival give you on a personal level?
I feel like I am a part of a larger community. For example, I am filled with joy when I see three generations all having equal amounts of fun at Children’s Carnival. That can only make you happy.
What makes you return year after year?
I look forward to it every year! They are cozy days spent with pleasant and happy people. It is great to experience the good spirit among the participants; everyone is happy and mindful of each other, even when they have had a lot to drink. It is pleasant to walk through Kildeparken and have all the young people greet you. You also find this enjoyable atmosphere among the volunteers, and you know them, as most of them return every year.
What is your favorite thing about being a volunteer?
The best thing about the carnival is definitely the good atmosphere. After all, Aalborg is famous for this event. Therefore, I believe it is of great importance to support the carnival one way or another.
Do you have a unique story that you would like to share with us?
The first year as a guard in the parade made a special impression. It was really fun, especially because you are so close to the parade. I remember that there was a communal eating in ‘Studenterhuset’, where I had the opportunity to check out all of the great costumes.
It also makes an impression on me when you can feel a connection between the volunteers and the participants. That creates a very special atmosphere.