Though Arnhem is not that much into Carnaval, the village of Elden (Catholic roots) parties the full five days long. In the few cafe-restaurants that they have they festival is taken very serious and one has everything that a carnaval in the Southern provinces of NL has as well (except in smaller scale).
This tradition is handed over from generation to generation and starts with carnaval-festivities at school. Here they dress up in sometimes selfmade costumes and have a big party on Friday.
Elden, being a village with wide agricultural lands surrounding it, still holds it's pride of once being independant. The village-council often gets into conflict with Arnhem-town and shows it's historical-cultural differnet face with every opportunity.
The harvest-festivities in late summer are very intresting and also show this history in agriculture.
In this history Elden also had many conflict with the river Rhine as occasionaly with high water the dikes broke and water swallowed houses and fields. Proove of these disasterous floods you can find in the "Horseshoe"-lake and lake in the "Westerhof"-park. Both came to be after the water gushed through the dike at these places in medieval times.