– Attend Annual Celebration of Vasteloavend in Mestreech This February 2012 is able to confirm that Maastricht’s annual carnival takes place from 19th to 21st February 2012.

Maastricht, Netherlands, January 18, 2012 --( Carnival is the last big celebration before the religious period of Lent takes grip of the people, a sombre and serious time. It takes place over the three days before Ash Wednesday and in Maastricht the event traditionally includes, as well as the parades and outdoor celebrations, a farmer’s wedding and the eating of herring.

Costumes, parades and exhibitions of artistic work define this three day event, which is filled with colour and life. Though officially it does not begin until the 19th, on the evening of 18th February there is an opening ceremony with a parade and street performances by many of Limburg’s artists. The 19th sees the traditional parade wind through the city’s streets and centre, with brightly decorated floats and hundreds of fantastically styled costumes.

Throughout these three days cares are cast aside and the locals celebrate with vibrant costumes, loud music and partying. Though the festival has extended, over the years, to include events occurring within many of the city’s cafes and community centres, the true locals will celebrate only on the streets.

Rio de Janeiro and Venetian carnivals, two of the most famous in the world, heavily influence the costuming found throughout the celebrations. Marching bands take to the streets, though in recent years samba bands have been favoured.

Anyone visiting Maastricht’s fun-filled celebrations should be able to find a Maastricht hotel where they can be right in the middle of the action. The city fills with people during this time, as it is one of the Netherland’s most famous carnival celebrations, so advance booking is advisable.

The party in Maastricht takes place mostly on the streets of the city, though some events are organised within venues and cafes.

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