The Great Carnival Guide: Here’s everything you need to know before Aalborg Carnival
The countdown to Aalborg Carnival has truly begun. Butterflies are fluttering in your stomach. Your golden sparkling costume is just waiting for you to jump into it.
Your newly acquired baby stroller only needs to be filled with cold drinks, which will probably become lukewarm in no time, as the weather forecast predicts sun and double-digit temperatures.
Now it’s almost time.
Tomorrow, May 27th, the Star Parade will fill the streets of Aalborg. Are you ready?
If not, it’s time to get ready.
We have gathered everything you need to know to have the best possible carnival party. There are a handful of practical things that are really good to have in order.
Before the Parade
One of the most important things to get in order is, of course, your costume. So if it’s not sorted yet, it’s time to get started.
This year’s theme is gold, glitter, and recycling, and as always, there’s room for you to interpret it in the way you think is cool.
You can read our ideas for nailing this year’s theme right here.
Transportation on May 27th and 28th
If you have a valid carnival wristband, you can ride for free on NT’s buses and all trains in Northern Jutland from Friday, May 26th at 4:00 p.m. until Sunday, May 28th at 7:00 p.m.
To ensure that everyone can bring their friends along, carnival floats (baby strollers, pushchairs, wagons, and similar) are not allowed on buses and trains.
If you plan to continue the party in the park, the first thing you need to do is remember to buy a wristband.
You can order your wristband online, but if you do it after May 19th, you have to pick it up yourself at one of the physical distribution points to ensure that everyone gets their wristband on time.
You can pick up your wristband at Monki, Magasin’s home section, and Meny.
Alternatively, you can buy a wristband at 7-Eleven and Billig Billy.
You can also buy an Open Bar wristband at 7-Eleven in the city center if you want to make sure you don’t run out of drinks on the day.
Parade Start Routes
The most important thing for the carnival is, and always will be, the parade itself, and as always, there are different starting points in the city.
In Nørresundby, the parade starts between the bridges, along the harbor west of Limfjordsbroen.
The parade starts at 10:00 a.m. at Torvet.
This is where the King’s Carriage, Sambafunk Factory, Fri Bar 1, Poco Loco, and EU float start.
The route from Østerport is as usual and starts on Østerbro at Skibsbyggerivej.
The first step is taken from there at 10:30 a.m.
Fri Bar 2, Fri Bar 3, Ritmo, Camp Safari, Men’s Club, and the Alcohol Team start from here.
In Vestbyen, they return to the normal route, which starts at Haraldslund on Kastetvej.
The parade kicks off at 11:00 a.m.
From the west, Fri Bar 4, Fri Bar 5, Fri Bar 6, ANR, Kalentura, Keskin, and Millennium will start.
The parades will naturally affect the traffic, and several roads will be closed.
During the Parade
Payment on the day
Aalborg Carnival is cashless and does not accept MobilePay.
Carnival-goers can only pay for their drinks, food, and loyalty wristbands with debit and credit cards such as Dankort, Visa, Mastercard, Visa Electron, Maestrocard, and Diners Club.
This change was made last year and helps reduce queues as card transactions are much faster than cash transactions.
Safety on the day
To ensure that as few people as possible get injured during the parade, Aalborg Carnival urges attendees not to bring glass bottles as they can contribute to dampening the joy.
It’s a good idea to wear sturdy footwear to protect your feet from the glass shards that may unfortunately be present.
At the same time, they discourage wearing costumes made of flammable materials.
There are first aid stations along the entire parade route in case of accidents.
And of course, the North Jutland Police will be present throughout the carnival with both uniformed and plainclothes officers to ensure a safe event.
If you can’t find an officer, you can contact the police at phone number 114.
Anyone who has been to Aalborg Carnival knows how frustrating it is to hunt for toilets (and even though it’s tempting, the solution is not to urinate in residential buildings).
Therefore, the organizers have provided many toilet stations along the parade route and in Kildeparken.
According to DMI, this year’s carnival will be a hot day, so it’s also important not to quench your thirst with just lukewarm beers.
You can find an overview of toilets and water stations on the parade map, as well as the locations of first aid stations.
After the parade
When the parade is over, the party is far from over.
Kildeparken opens at 11:00 a.m., but the parade usually arrives in the park in the afternoon.
The most important thing is to have a loyalty wristband. After that, you can stay updated on all the cool musicians who will be performing throughout the day.
The party in Kildeparken continues until 11:00 p.m.
What Can You Bring?
It is not allowed to bring your own drinks or food into Kildeparken. Nor is it allowed to bring your carnival floats inside.
Everyone will be checked at the entrances, and any beverages they may have will be confiscated.
On the other hand, the many bars in the park have a great selection. Here you can get various beers, Somersby, Red Bull + vodka, cocktails, and shot tubes.
- 1:00 p.m. – Amina
- 2:00 p.m. – De Danske Hyrder
- 3:30 p.m. – Yakuza
- 4:30 p.m. – Key Handover
- 5:15 p.m. – Wafande
- 6:25 p.m. – Djämes Braun
- 7:45 p.m. – Sivas
- 8:30 p.m. – Hedegaard
- 9:15 p.m. – Craskin
- 10:00 p.m. – Toomanylefthands