Get crazy for carnival season in Luxembourg

Photo: Anouk Antony

You haven't lived in Luxembourg properly until you've sampled the country's magnificent array of carnival processions and parties.

Here, sums up the top four cavalcades hosted in the Grand Duchy this year, starting with Diekirch's donkey parade and Differdange Carnival.

Diekirch Carnival, March 2

More than 50 flamboyant and fun floats distributing a whopping 5,000 kilos of sweets greet visitors to this lively parade which kicks off Luxembourg's carnival activities.

Now in its 35th year, the Diekirch donkey parade sets out from “route de Gilsdorf” at 2.30pm ending at “Avenue de la Gare”. Shuttle buses will run from Ingeldorf, Ettelbruck, Erpeldange and Echternach and a special train from Rodange will be in operation on the day.

Differdange Fuesend, February 28-March 2

In Differdange the carnival craziness runs from February 28 to March 2, starting with an Oktoberfest-style party on Friday night with live music from “Münchner G'Schichten”. On Saturday the town hosts a beggar's ball or “Clochard Bal” for grown ups with music from Ginta Fiesta Orchestra, Käpt'n Ändä & Matrous K1000 feat. Sandy & the Hüettes. Festivities culminate on Sunday with a mini beggar's ball for kids from 3pm to 6pm, featuring games and music.

Esch Carnival, March 21-23

Esch-sur-Alzette Carnival or Escher Fuesend consists of three days of parties culminating in a giant cavalcade on the Sunday.

Festivities kick off on Friday, March 21 at 9pm with a free party in the big top in “Place Hotel de Ville”. This is followed by a kid's party on the Saturday at 2pm and an evening dance party for seniors from 8pm.

Sunday's cavalcade takes place from 2.30pm passing from “Place Victor Hugo” through the town to “Place de l'Hotel de Ville”. There will be an after party from 4pm in the big top.

Remich Carnival, March 30

The Remich Cavalcade on March 30 promises much of the same except this procession runs along the banks of the river Moselle. Starting in “route de Luxembourg” at 2.30pm, spectators can follow the floats, marching bands and other performers to the Esplanade arriving at Pavillon St Rémy at around 4pm.

Before the carnival, however, don't miss Remich's heated event on March 5 when it sets fire to a giant straw effigy or Stréimännchen, which is thenthrown into the Moselle River.

Check out the Cavalcade Réimech Facebook Page for more information.

Pétange Carnival, March 30

Pétange's cavalcade is believed to be Luxembourg's oldest and largest parade, attracting up to 30,000 spectators each year.

This year, the 59th cavalcade will take place on March 30 from 3.11pm when around 1,400 people in costume will parade through the town with colourful floats and live music. A free shuttle bus will run spectators to and from the Bascharage Cactus throughout the day.

Sadly, we couldn't find any information about the children's calvalcade in Kayl (kanner kavalkade) or the parade in Schifflange. If you have further details, please post them below.