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Traditions of Aalborg Karneval

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. 

King traditions of Aalborg

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.

Carnival themes of Aalborg

True to tradition, a carnival theme is chosen every year to serve as the framework for the carnival.

Aalborg Karneval's succession of Kings and Queens

  • 2016 Johnny Reimar - Sanger
  • 2015 Mascha Vang - Blogger
  • 2014 Jakob Ørom – ”Jonny Hefty” - Rapper
  • 2013 Mogens Jørgensen - Udkantsjournalist/TV-vært
  • 2012 Anne Kejser - Radio/TV-vært
  • 2011 Jonas Schmidt – komiker
  • 2010 Carl-Mar Møller – kroppsyke-terapeut
  • 2009 Miss OTB – Dragqueen
  • 2008 Rasmus Bjerg – Skuespiller og komiker
  • 2007 Jytte Abildstrøm – Teaterleder
  • 2006 Joan Ørting – Sexolog
  • 2005 Rune T. Kidde – Forfatter
  • 2004 Karsten Højen – Multikunstner
  • 2003 Mogens "Mugge" Hansen – Hofreporter
  • 2002 Povl Dissing – Sanger
  • 2001 Mogens Frohn – Fultonskipper
  • 2000 Poul Nesgaard – Rektor
  • 1999 Henrik Voldborg – Meteorolog
  • 1998 Diana Benneweis – Cirkusdirektør
  • 1997 Jesper Klein – Entertainer
  • 1996 Ib Groth Rasmussen – Pjerrot fra Bakken
  • 1995 Danny Druehyld – Heksen fra Rold
  • 1994 Ernst & Mary Thøgersen – Ældrecenterpar
  • 1993 Bramwell Flyckt – Karneval i Aalborg
  • 1992 Kaj & Hans Jørgen – Nordjyllands Bogtrykkeri
  • 1991 Rottekongen Cibrino – Gøgler
  • 1990 Henk Van Der Kroon – Præsident FECC

Carnival themes:

  • 2016 Der var engang
  • 2015 Tabu
  • 2014 Tidens Trend
  • 2013 Engle og Dæmoner
  • 2012 Verden på hovedet
  • 2011 Sexzoologisk Have
  • 2010 Mars og Venus
  • 2009 La Dolce Vita - Det Søde Liv
  • 2008 Magi I Luften
  • 2007 Maskerade
  • 2006 Eksotisk - Erotisk
  • 2005 Hyrdinden og Skorstensfejeren
  • 2004 Atlantis
  • 2003 Trends, Trans og Traditioner
  • 2002 Spejling
  • 2001 Tro, Håb og Ærlighed
  • 2000 Mod Nye Horisonter
  • 1999 Hvor Regnbuen Ender
  • 1998 Vort Moderlige Hav
  • 1997 Satire og Satyrer
  • 1996 Østen For Solen og Vesten For Månen
  • 1995 Frugtbarhed og Farver
  • 1994 Norden i 1000 År
  • 1993 Maske, Myte og Musik

Did you know?

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?