What an anniversary: ​​Thousands of spectators celebrated the 75th carnival procession in the state capital with the Wiesbaden carnivalists on Sunday. Almost 160 funny, colorful and loud train numbers thrilled the people of Wiesbaden and their guests on the approximately 4.2 kilometer long route through the city center. Even before the participants set off with a slight delay, witches, pirates, Vikings and even Godzilla were cheering along the train route with thunderous cheers.

Many an anxious look was directed upwards from time to time, but despite the thick clouds it remained dry. According to the chairman of the umbrella organization Wiesbaden Carnival Associations (Dacho), Simon Rottloff, around 385,000 spectators lined the route this year. “It was really crowded,” he said shortly after the train. "We are on a good way."

Party mood and lots of bands

“The Zuuuch is coming,” Dacho had written on one of her cars in reference to the notoriously late train. Flag-waving and dancing foot groups opened the foolish march, with the Grebenstein gymnastics and music community at the front. The density of celebrities was high in the state capital and the new Hessian Finance Minister Alexander Lorz (CDU) showed himself to be unusually generous for his office when he threw camels among the jesters with both hands from the car of the Wiesbaden Carnival Club.

It wasn't just the “Lustigen Löffler” from TTG Eswe who played party music. Schlager songs from the Senator's car of the Bleidenstadt Carnival Society from the Untertaunus also invited people to sing along and sway: "Give me your heart, because only love counts". The atmosphere was once again provided by the many bands at this procession, such as the brass band from Alsfeld, the Guggemusik of the Wiesbadener Räubers, the music procession of the Jocus Garde from Mainz-Kastel and the show and marching band “The Devils” from Witzenhausen in northern Hesse their trumpets.

A group of Americans who had the foresight to put two cases of Budweiser under their camping table on Wilhelmstrasse were celebrating hard. Wiesbaden's city councilor Gerhard Obermayr showed off his best side dressed as Willy Wonka.

“Because Gema wants too much money, many festivals become quiet,” complained Dacho on one of their motif floats. In another she criticized the Pisa study: “The Pisa study is a horror, even the Leaning Tower can't stand it.” The Vikings and young barbarians of the BappKappeClub Wiesbaden didn't care, because they proudly wore “Die largest beer flag in the world” and shot confetti at the fools with the catapult of horror.

Another minister from the Hessian state government, Ingmar Jung (CDU), was there on a Dacho car and the SPD countered with Wiesbaden's mayor Gert-Uwe Mende and the new Bundestag member Nadine Ruf. The political color theory was probably the same for Wiesbaden's former city boss Sven Gerich, because he also threw camels from the car at the Taunus Wunderland amusement park, his new employer, and proved to be surprisingly text-accurate with Nena's "99 Balloons".

A big, vibrant party mile

The Wiesbaden carnival clubs had called up and invited a total of around 5,000 active fools for their anniversary procession, which ran under the motto “75 years of the carnival procession in Wiesbaden”. In doing so, the fools recalled the first train after the war in 1949, which was entitled “It's a success, Wiesbaden is crazy”. That could have been the motto on Sunday too, because after the train the city center around the town hall was transformed into a big, vibrant party mile.

Next year, the fools in the state capital will celebrate their next anniversary: ​​Dacho was founded 75 years ago. Then it could be that Donald Trump is the American president again and no one should say that Dacho didn't warn. “He’s back,” was written on one of their motif cars on Sunday, which was actually just a big, moving blonde hair quiff.