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Karneval Membership 2024-2025 (GAS Subgroup)

11 Nov, 2024 at 0:15 to 15 Mar, 2025 at 20:00

Membership Renewal / Dues

Your ticket is your receipt for membership dues in the San Diego Karnevals-Gesellschaft for the August 2024 through July 2025 year.  Please be sure to answer the questionaire here or submit an information sheet expressing your specific interest and desired position in this Karneval season.

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Adult KG Membership - 1 Season (2024-2025)


Your Karneval membership is contingent on current membership in the German-American Societies.

Student KG Membership - 1 Season (2024-2025)


Must be full time student under the age of 26  at an accredited school.

Club Membership in the German-American Societies must be current.

KG's ElferRat Membership - 1 Season (2024-2025)



German American Societies of San Diego, Inc

The German American Societies is organized to preserve the German heritage through educational, cultural and service activities ultimately furthering the understanding of German-American contributions to American history and traditions.

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Karneval is a group within the overall umbrella of the German-American Societies of San Diego.  Membership is contingent on your Club membership in the German American Societies.   Please note any changes in your contact information.  For new members, all contact information must be submitted.

Karneval Membership runs from 1 August of the year to 31 July of the following year.  Membership may be purchased as;

  • Regular membership  ($30)
  • Student members      ($15)

Membership in the German-American Societies is prerequisite to Karneval membership 

After you select your membership type, please tell us what role you wish to play in the coming year.  Keep in mind, there are both performing roles (e.g., Prinzengarde, Elferrat) and supporting roles (e.g., uniform tailoring, decorating, publicity).   With agreement from the steering committee, members are free to pursue one or more of each type.   Additional role ideas are listed on the 24-25 Karneval Signup form.

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With members from all areas around San Diego County and beyond, our club offers a home for numerous Germanic traditions to our many members, friends and the community.  One example of this is our celebration of the Rheinische Karneval (German Mardi Gras) every year with a number of events.  You are invited to partake in this traditional German festivity and join us for a season song, dancing, laughter and lighthearted merriment.

 Karneval (or Mardi Gras) began in Rome and spread to other European countries.  Our German variation of the tradition dates back to medieval times.  People lived under harsh rulers in the Rhineland. The many kings, princes and even smaller potentates each maintained their own courts, competing with each other in pretentious pomp and splendor at the expense of their populations.

 During “Karneval Season” the common people chose a mock government represented by the Elferrat and selected a Prinz and Prinzessin to “rule” the country.  Current political issues and personalities becomes the subject of satire and ridicule. 

 That tradition holds true today and German politicians as well as world figures are all fair game!  Parades, dancing in the streets, costume themed balls and comic skits fill the days and nights.  Cities throughout Germany have their Council (Elferrat), royalty (Prinzenpaar), a full court and the prince’s guard (Prinzengarde).  These traditions form the basis for our Karneval group here at the German-American Societies.

While preparations begin many months in advance, our Karneval season officially begins on November 11th of each year and comes to and end on Ash Wednesday.

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