Alaaf, it's carnival in the Netherlands again soon! This party is celebrated in particular under the rivers. Many children really enjoy dressing up and looking at the parade. Are you going to celebrate carnival with the children? Then we have a few useful tips.
Carnival in the Netherlands
Carnival, the party in the Netherlands that is mainly celebrated in the Limburg, Noord-Brabant and Zeeland regions. It is a time when people dress up, celebrate and participate in parades and parades. Carnival usually starts on Sunday and lasts until Tuesday, but in many cities they already start on Saturday and sometimes even Friday with carnival.
Carnival is celebrated in a different way in every city. In Limburg, carnival is characterized by wearing colored costumes and singing traditional carnival songs. There are also large parades and parades that travel through the cities, where participants go dressed in groups and make music. Noord-Brabant tackles it differently. Here they also celebrate carnival by wearing crazy costumes, but they make a lot of noise with drums and other instruments during the parade. Curious about how other cities celebrate carnival? Then you should definitely take a look with the children!
4 tips for a successful carnival with the children
Carnival is an experience in itself, if you go out with small children, good preparation is half the battle. To help parents on their way, we therefore have four useful tips for a successful carnival.
Tip 1: Choose your most beautiful dressing costume
Carnival is one of the parties where you can walk on the street dressed without anyone looking at you crazy. For children this is a very nice moment to go completely loose. Let your children choose their favorite costume and help them make masks or accessories. This can be a great way to stimulate their creativity and fantasy.
Tip 2: Visit a parade in another city!
Whether it will be Lampegat, Kielegat or Oeteldonk, that doesn't matter. These Brabant cities all have their own parades and local parades during carnival. The nicest? The children love it. Visiting another city during carnival is a great way to keep children involved in the traditions of carnival and to show them how people in their community celebrate. So what will your next parade be?
Tip 3: Dress hot!
In February it is still ice cold in the Netherlands. Are you going to celebrate your carnival, don't forget to dress warmly. Especially if you go on the road with the little ones to look at a procession, a warm jacket and any gloves should not be missing. Are you planning to stay outside for a long time with the little ones? Then take a thermal lesson with you with hot tea or chocolate milk. That way you can take it again for a few hours. An extra tip: choose a dress -up outfit that you can put on over your jacket and pants.
Tip 4: Durable carnival? That is certainly possible!
No matter how nice all confetti, serpentines and balloons are, it's not really environmentally friendly. Therefore choose sustainable and or reusable party items. Think of reusable flags, straws and cups and get creative with your carnival outfit. You can tinker a nice outfit from an old piece of fabric or crazy accessories in no time.