People, Party, Alcohol, and a Carnival.
06.05.2011 - 08.05.2011 24 °C
For anyone who likes a good party with a LOT of people, the Hafengeburtstag is for you. What Hafengeburtstag is, is a big birthday party for the Harbor in Hamburg. Quite literally. Hafengeburtstag actually translates to Harbor Birthday. It happens every year the weekend of May 6th. It is pretty exceptional and if you are travelling around Germany at this point it is definitely something worth checking out. There are games and rides, just like a carnival. Slushies, Candy, and a whole lot of food. Most importantly though, there is alcohol...and alot of it.
During the day it is a nice place for a family to go to, as long as you keep a close eye on your kids, as they may end up getting engulfed in the massive sea of people. They have got a ton of performers and live music, and if your children like kiddie games like throwing darts and balloons, or trying to get a ring around a bottle top, I assure you, you will have a bunch of fun. As long as your not Claustrophobic, Enochlophobic, Ochlophobic, or even the slightest bit Anthropophobic you should be fine.
At night however there are more people between the ages of 19-40. I would say no kids out at this time, but dont hesitate to call the babysitter and have a good time. Everyone heads out for fireworks, carnival food, and live music. Do not expect everyone or even most people to be coherent though, people drinking all day, in the sun, and continuing into the night adds up to crowds of falling down "blau" people. I had the lovely experience of watching not one but 3 people be taken away by paramedics because they had passed out. It also doesn't help that the bridge where all the homeless people hang out under is located directly beside the party. Luckily they are all harmless and won't attack you or try and push drugs on you like in other places (a.k.a. Vancouver).
It's all in good fun, and I would say it is a must-do for anyone around.
Anyways, those are my two bits. Have a lovely day filled with wonder and laughter. ----Mariah