May carnival starts today in Kaiserslautern

Petra Lessoing
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Kaiserslautern’s traditional “Maikerwe,” (May carnival) starts tonight
and continues through May 29 on the Messeplatz fairgrounds.

Deputy Mayor Dr. Arne Oeckinghaus officially opens the event by tapping
the first keg of beer at 6 p.m. today in the bistro tent. As soon as it
gets dark, fireworks will be lit.

The carnival offers a variety of rides for adults and children. The
rides “Sky-Trip” and “Shake” include big heights and loopings. Turning,
swinging and flying is offered on “Drive” and “Break Dance.” A
traditional ride is the roller coaster “Spinning Racer,” and the giant
ferris wheel “Moulin Rouge” offers visitors a fascinating view over

Carnival-goers can test their strength in a boxing booth and their aiming accuracy while shooting.

Children can have fun with skills games and taking rides in mini-scooters, merry-go-rounds, the “Taiga Jet” and other rides.

Beer gardens, the chicken tent, bistro tent and wine tents lure hungry
and thirsty visitors. Palatinate and international culinary specialties
such as crispy chicken, ham hocks, crepes, pizza and fish are also
available at the food booths.

The “shopping street” offers shopping fun by vendors presenting a
variety of merchandise to include clothes, household items, leather
goods, jewelry, spices, arts and crafts items.

Wednesday is family day with reduced prices and special offers until 7 p.m.
May 26 is “Dollar Day.”

“American customers can pay in their own currency and most ride owners
are willing to trade one to one,” said Wilhelm Henn, chief of the
Exhibitors’ Association Barbarossa Saar Pfalz. “Those who participate
have a ‘Today Dollar-Day’ at their door,” he added.

The carnival closes out with a “Thank you” fireworks display after darkness May 29.

The rides are open 2 p.m. to midnight each day, and until 1 a.m. Saturdays. Some food booths and vendors open at 11 a.m.