The Mardi Gras Society of Chicago welcomes all friends of Karneval to come celebrate with us. As the oldest German Mardi Gras Karneval Society in the country, we know how to party! Culturally it all started with Karneval brought here by our forefathers from the Rhineland. We promote and participate in many events and fests to preserve the heritage of our German culture. As 'Entertainers' from the Rhineland we savor the limelight of show business. We love to schunkel, sing 'Ein Prosit' and enjoy the Gemutilchkeit. The Karneval celebrations begin on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 minutes after the 11th hour and end on the night before Ash Wednesday. During that time, we crown a Prinz of Karneval, we wake the jester to promote fun, and then party until Lent. Before Ash Wednesday, we also host a Maskenball (costume ball), a Frueschoppen (an all day Pub Crawl), Kappenabend (Crazy Hat Night), Weiberfastnacht (Women's Night Out), and Rosenmontag (Live it up Monday). Our Prinz, his Prinzessin, and their entourage participate in as many as 100 events a year. Our Drum and Bugle Corps and Amazonen dancers are in high demand all year round. Check out the events on our calendar and plan to attend as many as you can. We can't wait to celebrate with you!