|Krefeld-bound on an open- top bus...
Members of the City of Leicester Twinning Association prepare to set out from Town Hall Square
By Richard Wallace
The 450mile marathon
bus journey to Leicester's German twin city, Krefeld is almost over.
|Leicester Mercury, Tuesday, February 15, 1983
Carnival time in the Rhineland of West Germany is a week of eat, drink and be merry. Richard Wallace reports.
Imagine every pavement, pub, tree and window ledge in and around Leicester city centre packed solid with people.
You will then have an idea of the size of yesterday's Krefeld Carnival procession in which the city was represented by more than 36 members of Leicester's Twinning Association.
More the 200,000 people lined the street and hung from every possible vantage point to watch a huge procession of floats of all sizes pass around the city centre.
Each float, big or small, received an individual cheer from all parts of the crowd and everyone was showering ticker-tape and confetti.
Our own Hiss and Boo Band braved a bitterly cold wind to keep up a steady flow of music throughout the procession. A few bars of When the Saints go Marching in, seemed to cause mild hysteria.
Once the procession was over people again moved into the bars to continue the celebration and the local council began a massive clean-up operation to clear the mountains of debris left behind.
It was quite a party ... and it still has another day to go.
The final day of the visit
After the party's over
As the week-long Krefeld
Carnival begins to wind down for another year, the Leicester twinners
started the long trek home.
Just two pictures from Krefeld newspaper