The carnival is celebrating its comeback: the street carnival has begun in the strongholds of foolish cheerfulness – for the first time again without Corona requirements. In Cologne, the triumvirate of prince, farmer and maiden released the “Jecken” on Thursday. In Düsseldorf, the “Möhnen” captured the mayor. The washerwomen attacked in Bonn. This tradition goes back to an early women’s movement: in the 19th century, the Beuel washerwomen resisted patriarchy, male dominance and the associated exploitation of women.

Especially in Cologne, tens of thousands of revelers from abroad were expected. The police were there with more than 2000 officers on duty. NRW Interior Minister Herbert Reul (CDU) announced that the police would take consistent action against harassment and assault: “Everyone should know when they’ve had enough Kölsch.”

Reul said it was certainly a special carnival this year: war, inflation and money worries would burden many people. “I think it’s all the more important that there are days when you can switch off for a few hours and put your worries aside,” Reul told the “Stadt-Anzeiger”. Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker called for generous help for the victims of the earthquake in Turkey and Syria. “Let’s stand together – across borders!” appealed the non-party politician.

In Cologne it had on 11.11. at the beginning of the new carnival session there was already a huge rush. This time, the city installed 550 portable toilets, 140 urinals, 20 urinal drains and 11 toilet trucks. Head of the public order office, Athene Hammerich, threatened: “The security service will consistently punish wild urination.”

The original meaning of carnival from the Middle Ages is to turn the world upside down for a few days and swap roles: nuns were allowed to misbehave, servants were allowed to scold their masters. However, large parts of Germany proved to be unsuitable for carnival – and that has remained the case: surveys have shown again and again that the hustle and bustle leaves the majority of people cold.