Carnival flair on the streets of Erftstadt

“Fastelovend is what you make of it” is the motto of an unusual painting competition that the Senate of the Lechenich Fools’ Guild (LNZ) called for. He had called on children to take part in a painting competition. Pictures of the Lechenich train should be shown. These should then be shown in shop windows along the train route. A Zoch, so to speak, who is downright picturesque – despite or especially in times of Corona.

The response to the call was overwhelming. “We are happy about the huge number of entries. 250 children responded to our appeal and sent us wonderful pictures of colorful carnival floats or funny groups of feet, ”reports Senate President Peter Smeets. “We didn’t expect that and it was immediately clear to us that we would increase the prices again for this great achievement, so that every child receives a prize.” The total amount of the prizes was therefore increased significantly. “The action clearly shows that the carnival is alive,” says Smeets. In the age group from six to nine years, Marlene Bergrath, Lisa Hoffmann, Lotta Schulmeister, Thomas Hartung, Aaron and Eliette Oentrich as well as Tom Schröder are in the top places. In the age group from ten to 14 years, the pictures of the following children were awarded: Tara Janczak, Anna von Fürstenberg, Jolanthe Bode, Jarla Oliva Leiße, Lasse Hillebrandt and Mia Wolff. Hüseyn Mahmudor received the talent award.

Guardsmen attached balloons to the market in Lechenich.

The twelve winning pictures are on display in the shop window of the VR-Bank, the many other pictures in the shop windows of the surrounding retailers. There are vouchers for 120 children for Lechenich shops. Everyone else receives sweets and drinks. All works of art have been enlarged to a DIN-A-3 format, laminated and now adorn the shop windows of the shops in the city center.

The window of Liblars KG president Josef Baratella is one of many in the village that reminds of carnival.

The window of Liblars KG president Josef Baratella is one of many in the village that reminds of carnival.

Just in time for Weiberfastnacht, the original start of the street carnival, the LNZ Senate and the Lechenich City Guard decorated the market square with white and red balloon grapes. “Especially in this uncertain time, we would like to offer the citizens little moments of lightheartedness through the kindergarten pictures at the entrance to the town and the balloon campaign. We know about the challenges in many families, ”explains Guard Commander Alexander Klement. Even if there was no celebration on Weiberfastnacht, the historical town hall was not orphaned, reports Guard Press spokesman Claus Neunzig. At 11.11 a.m. sharp, Uwe Gebs, head of the cultural department and himself a guardsman, carried out the wedding ceremony of his comrade Dirk Meyer, who was also in uniform, and his fiancé Britta Meyer-Scheja as a registrar in guard uniform.

In Liblar, too, the revelers remind of the crazy days. The KG Fidele Narrenzunft and their friends from Oberliblarer KG Klüttefunke made sure that a lot of windows in the village are decorated like a carnival.


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