“Du mi a” is the slogan of the Wolfratshausen carnival society Fools’ Island, which, loudly intoned three times, is probably an answer to the unspoken request: “You can fuck me ham”. These days the monarchy reigns again. After two years of abstinence, during which the carnival association had to pause due to the pandemic. The aim was to stage a festive and colorful ball again, to crown the two princely couples, to bring them closer to the foolish foot soldiers and to ensure a good mood and magnificent atmosphere across all generations.
As in previous years, the location of the event was the Geretsrieder Ratsstubensaal, although it was repeatedly pointed out that this was almost a joint carnival celebration of the two neighboring towns, and even some surrounding communities. In any case, the deputy mayor of Wolfratshausen, Günther Eibl, was also represented, taking a seat next to his counterpart in Geretsried, Michael Müller, who in turn was happy to be taken to the dance floor.
The Coronation Ball of Fools’ Island Wolfratshausen is a social event where the gentlemen appear in bow ties and black suits and the ladies show off their evening gowns. For about three quarters of an hour there was lively dancing, waltz bliss on the beautiful blue Danube, mothers with their small children in their arms, lots of glittering robes, then a booming potpourri of hits with a one-man band whose amplifier system was not free from technical problems .
The many guests in the completely sold-out Ratsstubensaal didn’t let themselves be put off, and the later it got, the more exuberant the mood developed on the evening, moderated by the president of the fool’s island, Franz Hübler.
This was followed by the official part, the inauguration of the greats under two illuminated crowns that floated above the stage, the magical child prince couple Sarah and Angelo and the adult co-rulers Maximilian and Lisa, who shone with show dance performances.
An equally successful part of the festive evening were the performances of the age-diversified dance guards: the “Speedys” were the youngest, they stepped onto the floor under the motto “jungle”, the youth guard “Dancing Fires” implemented the motto “Seventies” in dance, the Finally, the big ones, the “Island Dancers”, dedicated themselves to the topic “Europe”. And then there were the eight women from the “Muttigarde” who, under the name “Crazy Housewives”, implemented the eighties on the dance floor.
Between these carefully rehearsed performances, the many children, especially girls, took the opportunity to scurry through the hall without any choreography and show off their talents to the best of their ability. “It’s heart-warming,” said Eibl’s overall impression.
Ovations for honorees
The official part of the evening turned out to be quite expansive: expressions of thanks and honors for everyone who had taken part in the preparations for the gala evening, but also for those who are active for Fools’ Island all year round: dance trainers, honorary members, seamstresses, those who take care of costume changes, and all those who help with the organization. There were many carnival medals to be distributed – an important part of the evening. The guests in the Ratsstubensaal reacted to the numerous honors with almost frenetic applause. The two royal couples in particular will need the appropriate motivation, because many strenuous appointments await them until Ash Wednesday, including the Islander Ball, the Children’s Ball and Shrove Tuesday.