150 years of Moorheilbad Bad Kohlgrub: A place that pushes together
Created: 03/07/2022 18:43
By: Andreas Mayr
A day of celebration straight out of a picture book: numerous spectators came to Bad Kohlgrub on Sunday to marvel at the parade to 150 years of moor health spas.
It was worth it.
© ANDREAS MAYR
31 groups marched through Bad Kohlgrub on Sunday, 400 locals got involved in the move.
The celebration of the 150th anniversary as a spa not only inspired, but also symbolized the cohesion of the community.
There was only criticism for politicians.
Bad Kohlgrub - On days like these, it's particularly worth looking back.
So we travel to the year 1996. The municipality of Bad Kohlgrub is currently celebrating its 125th anniversary as a spa with a large procession, a distinction for selected spa towns.
This year of celebration can also be seen as a turning point for the village.
In Germany, another health care reform is driving out, which cuts budgets enormously and weakens Bad Kohlgrub as a location.
Some establishments close after the wedding.
How many jobs and added value the place has lost cannot be expressed in figures.
“Was it worth it?” Mayor Franz Degele asks 26 years later.
Bad Kohlgrub is celebrating again, this time the 150th anniversary.
Everyone wants to be there: so many in the village got involved in the festival, including the children from the Bad Kohlgrub elementary school.
However, and now the pleasant flashbacks to the 1990s are coming, Degele has also identified a major change in village culture.
When the spa was booming, "every club closed itself off," the mayor recalls.
Only then did a local community form that is capable of huge achievements.
Degele calls the spa anniversary celebrations "a masterpiece" - and a testament to the first-class cohesion in the village.
Here are some raw data: Bad Kohlgrub has 31 clubs, all of which took part in the move in some way.
31 groups rolled and ran through the heart of the village.
400 volunteers got involved as musicians, people wearing traditional costumes, as performers on the floats or alongside them.
"That's the only way you can get something going in time: if you know that you have such citizens behind you,"
Only three months remain for the preparation
The Kohlgrubers had three months to prepare their festivities, which should have taken place in 2021 and were postponed due to the pandemic.
Well, some of them had already been conceived and planned in advance, and many of the ideas from the 1996 pageant were conserved and reprocessed.
Nevertheless, three months is an outrageously short time for a move and a party of this dimension.
The organizers estimate that 2,000 to 3,000 people could easily have attended.
The 850 festival signs were sold out in no time.
"Usually you have a year's lead time," says the mayor.
But what was normal in Corona times?
It makes him proud how the village “pushes massively”, all by itself.
He didn't have to push anyone, emphasizes Degele.
Actually, with such a triumph of the many, you don't have to single out a single one.
But you can't avoid Martin Niklas.
As a member of various clubs and organizer of the popular main street festival, he has “decades of experience”, praises Degele.
Bad Kohlgrub needed someone who would lead the way and set a pattern.
"It would have been difficult without him." Among other things, Niklas made the brilliant suggestion to move the ceremony to the Kurpark, party (the last ones are said to have gone home around 4 a.m. on Saturday) and church service in the pavilion, with a beer garden on the meadows behind all guests, an adventure trail for children and plenty of space for a picnic on Sunday afternoon.
CSU regional group chief Dobrindt flies in from Berlin
Everyone met there after the pageant, which was really well received by the guests because it was short, compact, creative and colourful.
The participants traveled through 150 years of local and spa history, wore magnificent historical robes, simulated the early spa guests, bathed in the moor, had a massage on a wagon, unscrewed an ancient wooden fire brigade ladder, put on their skis and finally caught up Applause from the head of the CSU state group, Alexander Dobrindt, and the other prominent politicians.
The member of parliament flew in from Berlin especially for the festival.
However, the keynote speakers did not spare criticism of the reform, for which the CSU, led by Health Minister Horst Seehofer, was partly responsible.
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) presented Degele with two vouchers at the end with the request
you should stop by the place.
There was a miniature mud bath for all the speakers.
District administrator Anton Speer delivered the saying of the day: "I'm half a Kohlgruber, but I don't have room in the tub."