The fools broke into Memmingen’s town hall at 11:11 on November 11, just in time for the start of the carnival. Due to the coronavirus epidemic, the traditional attack on the municipality took place for the first time in the last two years.
Dance performances and music in the town hall square
The fools met at Schrannenplatz around 10am and from there they took their float, dance and music to the market square in front of the town hall. About 300 people watched as the Memminger Stadtbach witches’ fools drove Lord Mayor Manfred Schilder onto the stage in a tub complete with a fool’s hat and a large, golden key. Then the mayor had to hand it over to the carnival princess as a symbol of the city’s governance. He is now on leave until Ash Wednesday, Schilder said with a smile on stage.
Swim in the Stadtbach instead of the indoor pool
However, on stage, Schilder also had to defend herself against questions from the 11th Council of the so-called Heavenly Devil Council; for problematic issues like parking and public transportation, indoor pools, and high rents, she had silly suggestions like swimming. Stadtbach or cable car for Memmingen ready. All in all, the Fools were very pleased with the start of the carnival, the first big one in two years.