Bonn Bonn people are willing to pay more for carnival: They are spending an average amount of 309 Euro for costumes, Kölsch beer etc. - making them front runners, closely followed by the Cologners.
Bonn people are willing to pay for carnival: They are spending an average amount of 309 Euro for costumes, Kölsch beer etc. - making them front runners, closely followed by the Cologners. Carnival is a serious matter. Everyone knows this in the Rhineland region. And it is an economical factor worth mentioning. Whoever tries to get off the A555 in Rodenkirchen on during the carnival weekend to, say, visit Ikea, can tell you a thing or two about it.
The tailback can go back all the way to the motorway sometimes - and further to „Karnevalswierts“, just to be a „prince just for short while“ (according to a popular carnival slogan), or a cowboy, or a red Indian. 85 million are spent each year to change one’s identity for a few days. And that’s not all: All things considered, about half a billion Euro are spend in the Rhineland, according to recent estimates. For „Kamelle“ sweets and wagons, Kölsch beer and music, carnival in bars and during parties. To quote another popular carnival song: Who is paying for all this? First and foremost: The people of Bonn. At least if one believes the numbers of a national bank.
In a recent study the bank published numbers that prove that the Bonn people have every reason to cry about empty wallets on Ash Wednesday. Believe it or not, the party people of this federal city spend an average of 309.75 Euro on carnival celebrations. Expensive fun or a reason to be proud? Bonn is thus front runner, just ahead of Cologne people with 307.39 Euro spent and the thrifty Düsseldorf party-goers who have only 195.63 Euro slipping out of their wallets over this weekend.
„Viva Colonia!“ is the motto though when it comes to carnival excitement and enthusiasm - 84 per cent of the Cologne people are fans of the crazy times, followed closely by 74 per cent of the Düsseldorf revellers, whereas only 68.3 per cent of the Bonners are joining the carnival fun. But no matter where the people party. On Ash Wednesday, everything will be over. Promised.
Original text: Sylvia Binner. Translation: Mareike Graepel