BONNEXPAT ALAAF! Carnival edition 2024

Find the latest newsletter and invitations below.

Dear all,

Happy new year, our best wishes and a warm welcome to the “5th Season”. Since 2014, BonnExpat Alaaf is a beloved tradition to carnival newbies and those having already become true “Jecke”. For the 10th time (one of which online), we kindly invite you, your families and friends to join us for an evening full of joy, fun and fancy dressing! We are looking forward to seeing you at

FRIDAY, 26 January 2024,
at 6 p.m.
Altes Rathaus/Old Town Hall
Access via historic stairway, Market Place, 53111 Bonn
Tram: 66, 16, 63
Stop: Universität/Markt

Programme Highlights
  • Welcome by the Mayor of Bonn, Katja Dörner
  • Proclamation of UNiverso Stephan I by Mayor Katja Dörner
  • Appearances by: Prince Carnival Cornelius I & Bonna Carina I, Washer Princess Sabrina I with Beuel City Guards, Godesia Julia and Prince Florian I, LiKüRa Isabell I
  • Costume contest, dance, snacks & drinks ... and lots of fun

Please make sure to arrive in time in order to not miss our carnevalistic guests on stage!

We kindly invite you to register HERE for the upcoming BONNEXPAT evening, together with your partners, kids and friends. The registration will close on Wednesday, January 24, COB. 

Carnival has a long tradition in Bonn and “Alaaf” is the traditional way to give cheers to the 5th season. And this year, we may celebrate the 200th anniversary of the female side of carnival “Weiberfastnacht”. Back in 1824, Bonn-Beuel’s washing women dropped their work and got together with coffee and cake - the birth of the first women’s committee in Beuel. The chairwoman (Obermöhn) and the washer princess lead the carnival offensive storming the Beuel town hall (this year on February 8, 11.11 am) and take over the power from the mayors. Normally the defenders are delighted to hand over the keys of the city hall in exchange for a kiss (“Bützchen”).

The town halls in Bonn and Bad Godesberg district will be stormed on Carnival Sunday, February 11. The storm of the Old Town hall around noon, is picturesque and fun at the time, with Prince and Bonna leading the “city soldiers” in their colourful uniforms against the mayor and his troups in their passionate defense of the city key.Carnival revelers will parade through Bonn’s streets on Carnival Monday (Rosenmontag), February 12. Bonn’s biggest parade will begin at noon, featuring a colourful fleet with Prince Carnival Cornelius I and Bonna Carina I.

BONNEXPAT is a special chance for expatriates to meet in a relaxed atmosphere while learning more about the city and all it has to offer. For further information, please visit our website at Please note that photos and videos will be taken during the events and used for communication purposes by the organizing partners and that you agree to this by registering.

Our next BONNEXPAT evening will take place in June/July 2024 with a cultural highlight in the Art and Exhibition Hall of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle).

We look forward to seeing you at BONNEXPAT!

Best regards, wishing you a great start into 2024 and three times Alaaf

The BonnExpat Organizers

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