Prinzenpaar

Since Karneval originated as the mocking of royalty, of course we must have our own Royal Couple or Prinzenpaar ruling over their ‘subjects’ (=anyone who comes to our events).

The Prinz { Seine Tollität } and Prinzessin { Ihre Lieblichkeit } are crowned at the start of the season in November, and rule until Shrove Tuesday (the day before Ash Wednesday). They also have a Royal Court or Hofstaat.

Kinderprinzenpaar

Same as the above mentioned, with the exception that our Kinderprinzenpaar has their own celebration, Kindermaskenball, usually held around the last Sunday in January.

Sat evening    Hofstaat

The Royal Court consists of the Hofmarschall (the Prinz’s Grand Marshall), the Adjutant (the Prinzessin’s Attendant), the Hofdame (the Maid of the Court), the Schutzman (the Policeman), the Narr (the Court Jester), and the Mundschenk (Toastmaster and keeper of the wine).

Prinzengarde

Die Tanzsterne (translated the dancing stars, our 3 dance groups) accompany the royal couple when they march into the hall at our events. They also help the Prinzenpaar pass out candy and flower boutonnieres.

Elferat

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2012 Elferat

The number 11 plays a significant role in Karneval, and it is especially noticeable with our Elferat (Ministers).  These are former Prinz’s who are now represented as ministers for the Prinzenpaar. They lead the royal couple into the hall at our events. They are the ones in the black tuxedos, wearing a single feather in their hat (which represets that they were a former Prinz), and having a beautiful Prinzenkettung hanging around their neck (their personal Orden from when they were the reigning Prinz).

Miss Spielmannszug