It’s Pentecost weekend, which means it’s carnival time in Berlin and Hamburg. The annual 'Karneval der Kulturen' celebrates the city's multicultural flare, with food and music to be a far cry from those of earlier carnivals down south, sequins and billowing skirts are more colorful than usual dance of people from all over the world at large parade through the Berlin streets.
Opulent costumes, strong make-up, imaginative masks and decorated Pushcarts- since 1996 the Karnival der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures) belongs to the Berlin Pentecost festivities. From Friday till Monday the Blücherplatz in Berlin-Kreuzberg changes into a colourful street festival. On four stages music from various world regions is performed, whilst culinary delights and handmade art craft are offered in the approximately 400 stands.
The peak of the festivity is the street parade with around 4700 participants from 80 nations on Whitsunday, who celebrate Berlin’s cultural diversity with traditional costumes and ritual dances. The caravan starts at the Hermannplatz at noon and moves to the Yorkstraße ending in the late evening. The carnival is accompanied by parties and music events and a substantial children's programme.
And the street festival have been attracting tens of thousands people into Berlin over the years. With an exhilarating rhythms, dance routines, colorful costumes that are there exhibited.