Aalborg Karneval is Northern Europe’s biggest public carnival parade with about 60.000 participants and 100.000 spectators. Don’t miss this colorful, fantastic and overwhelming experience. Anyone can join the parade. Just let loose your imagination. The street is the stage – you are the performer!
Aalborg Karneval is centered around three big main events: the Star Parade, International Carnival Parade, and Children’s Carnival.
Who wouldn't want to become king for a day and be honored and praised by a jubilant crowd? To be transported through the city on a throne surrounded by the court, performing royal duties like sitting down to a royal feast and handing out prizes? Throughout carnival history it has been tradition to crown a carnival king, and since 1996 this has been part of Aalborg Karneval as well.
True to tradition, a carnival theme is chosen every year to serve as the framework for the carnival.
That the word "carnival" is interpreted differently by many people? The origins of the word are both Italian and Egyptian. The word carnival can be traced back to the Italian expression “carne vale,” which means “a farewell to meat” and is a reference to Lent. It can also be traced back to the Egyptian expression “carrus navalis,” which means “ship wagon”. The "a farewell to meat" interpretation is a Christian one, and the "ship wagon" interpretation is an Egyptian one that dates back to before Christ.
That Aalborg Carnival is Northern Europe’s biggest carnival and ranks among the top 10 biggest carnivals in the world?
That 200.000-300.000 people participate in or visit Aalborg Karneval every year?
That about 1500 volunteers every year assist in organizing the carnival?
That Aalborg Karneval, just like your local gymnastics association, is an association driven by members and that its sole purpose is to organize the carnival?
That you will be fined 1000 DKK and risk a stain on your criminal record if you are caught stealing a shopping cart?