BILD at the meeting for the blind in Cologne: This is how carnival FEELS! | Regional
Cologne – These six are two three stars you can touch – in the truest sense of the word.
Among the more than 400 performances, this is one of the special dates for the prince, farmer and maiden: the meeting for the blind of the Cologne Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired. It took place in the Sartory for the 68th time.
BILD was there: This is how carnival FEELS!
Music, speeches, the appearance of the “big” and “small” triumvirate: the meeting for the blind was very similar to a classic carnival meeting. But it got particularly emotional when the prince, farmer and maiden went into the hall after their performance and the blind guests were allowed to touch their artistic ones!
One of them was Gaetana Montane from Niederkassel. Born in Italy, she lost her eyesight more than 30 years ago due to a metabolic disease.
She to BILD: “I could feel that the regalia are very elaborately made from great fabric. The child prince’s hat is really heavy. You get a much better idea of the regalia by touching them than just having them explained to you.”
Simone Baltes was also allowed to get up close and personal with the triumvirate. She: “The mirror of the virgin looked very good, the gloves of the farmer were also interesting.” Simone could see until she was eleven. “That’s why I still say today that something looks good. ‘Appearance’ is a flexible term.”
She herself was disguised as a pirate at the meeting. Simone: “Someone bought me the costume on eBay. I was told what it looks like and everything that’s included. I can still remember colors well, for example.”
The appearance was also emotional for the triumvirate itself. Prince Boris I. (Boris Müller, 45) to BILD: “We stand for the fact that we want to reach everyone, including those with disabilities. We like being there and making people happy.”