February 19th

Maastricht Calendar The Prince opens Carnaval formally on Vrijthof at midday by shooting a tiny, very loud canon and raising a large wicker effigy of our Mooswief on a pole. From 13.25 hrs the ‘Great Parade’ winds it’s way through the city centre, a happy mess of loud music, great costumes, jokes and nonsense. Broadcast live by RTV Maastricht.

After the parade, people disperse to café’s or homes, to refuel and rest, for most to return for the evening mayhem in the streets.