All local krewe royalty was on hand in front of the clock on Main Street Tuesday for the kick off of the fifth annual Fasching Fifth Season Celebration. According to German tradition, Fasching begins in the 11th month, on the 11th day, at the 11th hour and 11th minute. Bruce Franklin/Press-Herald

The Fasching season has officially begun.

At 11:11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, the season of Karneval was ushered in with a commencement brunch at Orleans on Main.

Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, who was instrumental in getting the Germantown Colony Museum under the auspices of the State of Louisiana, was the guest speaker. He spoke of Louisiana’s rich history, its French and Spanish roots and its German immigration.

“The reason ‘Louisiana ain’t Mississippi’ and it ‘ain’t’ any other state is that we have an interesting cultural mix that you don’t find anywhere else in America, that you don’t find anywhere else in the South,”

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