Carnival is celebrated in Roman Catholic parts of the Netherlands. It is beautifully celebrated among others in Limburg, the southern part of the country. In Heerlen there are various parades organized, on Saturday starting with a unique children parade, which we witnessed followed by a grand parade on Sunday, the biggest one in the whole Netherlands. Carnival is a festive season celebrated before the Christian season of Lent. Carnival involves a public parade, street party and people wearing special costumes, masks and make-up. The Carnival celebrations start after the mayor symbolically hands over the key to the city to Prince Carnival. For three days, the Carnival Prince has control of the city. Below you can find impression of the fantastic children parade in Heerlen, whose a proud part were children from the local schools and the main parade on Sunday.
Short film impression of a children parade
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