Maastricht Carnival 2019 – Photo & Video Gallery

Maastricht Carnival 2019 was a spectacular event full of fun, parades, live music, parties with great people and incredible costumes!

The Carnival in MaastrichtMestreechter Vastelaovend is the biggest carnival celebration in the Netherlands and definitely one of the best carnivals in Europe!

People in the region of Limburg really put their hearts in preparing the costumes – some are huge elaborate structures, other are surprising and super-funny, other are stylish and opulent, and other are simply crazy – see for yourself!

The Carnival Opening

The Carnival Opening on Sunday: the colourful happy crowd starts gathering in the beautiful Vrijthof square and 11 cannon shots announce that the Carnival begins.

Maastricht Carnival - Opening ceremony (7)
Maastricht Carnival – Opening ceremony (7)

Mooswief

After the 11th canon shot, the doll of the city patroness Mooswief – “Vegetable Woman” is pulled up in Vrijthof square.

Maastricht Carnival - pulling up Mooswief (1)
Maastricht Carnival – pulling up Mooswief (1)

The Grand Parade

The Carnival has officially started!! At this point, all the cheerful & colourful crowd heads towards the station where the Grand Parade begins – the main event of the carnival in Maastricht.

Maastricht Carnival 2019 - The Grand Parade (6)
Maastricht Carnival 2019 – The Grand Parade (6)

Spectacular costumes!

Here are some of our favourite costumes!

Fantastic costumes of the Maastricht Carnival (1)
Fantastic costumes of the Maastricht Carnival (1)

Street Party & Orchestras!

And now the general party on the streets all over the city breaks out!! ALAAF (the traditional carnival greeting)!!!! Traditional and less traditional carnival songs in Limburgish, Limburgish parodies of famous pop songs and live music bands everywhere!!!!

Maastricht Carnival 2019 - street party (1)
Maastricht Carnival 2019 – street party (1)
Maastricht Carnival 2019 - fantastic orchestra!
Maastricht Carnival 2019 – fantastic orchestra!

We will add videos on the evening of the 7th March 2019.

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