The Home of German Mardi Gras in North America

Karneval History

KARNEVAL is a season, not just an event.

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GAMGA Gala 2018

Join us in Las Vegas, NV on January TBA Date, 2018 to celebrate 33 years of German Mardi Gras

About Mardi Gras

All the things you need to know about German Karneval/Mardi Gras/Fasching

Mardi Gras in Photos

GAMGA in Photos & Videos. Best way to see what it is all about, next to attending a function

Mardi Gras Functions

Find a German Mardi Gras Group in North America, near you


The German American Mardi Gras Association represents the German American Karneval Clubs in the USA and Canada. Karneval/Mardi Gras has a long tradition in Germany and is celebrated by millions of people there. Our goal is to give people in North America that same kind of feeling, the fun and the freedom of German Karneval, give them a place to celebrate the “fifth season” in America and keep a bit of German culture alive. All are welcome, no need to be German! GAMGA celebrates one time per year an America wide event – the GAMGA Gala in Las Vegas-  with visitors from all over the world.

Rosenmontagszug is here! Here is video from the celebrations in Düsseldorf Helau! ... See MoreSee Less

Düsseldorf Helau! Tour de France Helau! 🎉 Der Rosenmontagszug mit unserem Karnevalswagen zieht am Rathaus vorbei. #TDF2017 #TDFdu

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How is your Karneval Weekend going? How were the parties? I'm seeing tons of photos and videos, which I will be sharing over the next while, here on our page.

Tomorrow it's Rose Monday (Rosenmontag), The climax of the Carnival with the large official parades! We can't wait to see them all 🙂
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MKG Kölsch Zelt

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Day 3 of the Crazy Days!

In Cologne: Things take a slightly darker, Halloween-ish turn on Saturday with vampires and witches turning out for the ‘Ghost Parade (Geisterzug)’. While at other parades you can expect to catch candy thrown by the marchers, this Ghost Parade offers up another tradition: Bützje, or a kiss on the cheek.

Here in North America, if you are hosting a Karneval Dance..have fun!!! We can't wait to see the pictures 🙂
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