Traditions are crucial for every social group and they are very relative
Good start for a article about an alternative carnival fiesta happening since some 12 years, d’r sound kütt, Reggae beats and similar music played by carnival loving but traditional carnival music disliking DJ’s.
12 years are a long time for being an alternative carnival event, what timespan is relevant to decide what is tradition and what not?
The conclusion might be, it is still alternative, because it does differ from most of the other parties and events happening in Bonn during the carnival and it is tradition, because 12 years is half of what is defined as a generation span and traditions are defined by generations…. right?
Further more it is a peaceful, mindful and non commercial event in the regular carnival madness.
Because of this it is quiet questionable why it is always treat as a bastard child by the Karneval Festausschuss (the association responsible for running the big carnival parade in Rosemonday) and the city of Bonn.
The answer is sad and excluding. The organisers of d’r sound kuett do like carnival, but they do not want to become part of the carnival Kluengel, the, sorry to say, kind of league of honourable gentle(wo)men rooted deep in all parts of city life. Without being in the Kluengel it might be hard for you to become major of the city, expand your business, build up contacts,… German style brotherhood.
Because they do not want to integrate themselves into this Klunegel d’r sound kuett has to handle strict rules like sound level regulations, bathroom rules and such, which are not enforced on the rest of the carnival events during the parade.
Because of this the party has been a official demonstration again this year, that had to end when 400 people where just becoming warm and cosy with the music.
What happened to the spirit of carnival that allowed you to once a year do what you want as long as nobody gets hurt????
Before you start taking a look at the pictures here is a number that shows the diverse way of handling rules during carnival: German law states that being organiser you need to provide 1 toilet for every 50 people coming to your event. 250000 people is the average number of guests on the rosemonday parade. By law the Festausschuss being the organiser would have to set up 5000 toilets, to prevent people from peeing everywhere. The average number of toilets set up officially is round about 20. D#r sound kuett had 12, all paid by donations. Go figure!
Alaaf akbar again!