Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day!

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Fastnachtsumzug in Ramstein

Ramstein is going to have their big parade on Tuesday.  Don't miss the opportunity to head into the community and experience the energy and fun of this day.  The Fastnachtsumzug (parade) will begin at 1400 and last approximately 2 hours.  Most of the streets will be closed off by 12:00, so plan parking accordingly.   The parade will have floats (about 80 of them), marching bands including our very own USAFE Band, and other groups and organizations in crazy costumes!  Come out in costume and bring a small bag as the parade participants tend to throw out candy, flowers, drinks and other treats to spectators. 

The parade will offer badges for sale for € 2.  This is a really awesome souvenir from your Ramstein Fasching experience!  They will be selling them to spectators throughout the event.   When the parade has ended, the party will continue on.  Check out any number of pubs, restaurants, and city center for more fasching festivities. 

Have you met our princess yet or would you like to see the Elferrat?  Or would you like to learn the official Ramstein Karneval song?  Check out the KV "Bruchkatze" Ramstein e. V. website for all the details.  



Tuesday, Feb 13th, is Shrove Tuesday and is the last day before the beginning of Lent.  This day goes by many names such as 'Fat Tuesday', 'Faschingsdienstag',  'Shrove Tuesday', 'Pancake Tuesday', and more.  They all refer to the day before Lent, and your last opportunity to 'eat fat' or indulge before the fasting of Lent begins.  Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday because they were a way to use up rich ingredients such as eggs, milk and sugar before Lenten fasting.  Of course, there is also a fun history associated with "Pancake Tuesday" that comes in the form of a village race.  The original pancake race was held in the Buckinghamshire village of Olney in 1445.  This race was all about ladies in traditional housewife gear (apron, skirt, kerchief) running down the street with a frying pan, flipping some pancakes.  

German pancakes, or pfannkuchen, are a bit different from those made in the USA because they don't use a leavening agent, such as baking powder, so they are large and thin.  They are also eaten not for breakfast, but rather lunch or dinner.  They can be served as both a savory or a sweet dish.  A fun family tradition for Shrove Tuesday is to have a breakfast of pancakes...for dinner!  


Recipe for German Pancakes:


  • 3 eggs
  • 10 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup milk (or better: roughly ⅘ cup milk + ⅕ cup sparkling water)
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 Tbsp sugar (for savory pancakes, add only a pinch of sugar)


  • Mix eggs and liquid
  • Add flour, salt and sugar.  Whisk to make a smooth batter
  • Heat pan and coat the bottom of the pan with a little butter 
  • Put 1/4 cup of batter in the pan and swirl it around so that the batter coats the bottom of the pan
  • Flip pancake once it begins to set.  You want a nice light golden color.
  • Serve warm with powdered sugar, jam, or shredded apples.  For a nice savory pancake, try it with grated cheese.