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Rosenmontag parades mark Karneval climax
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Rosenmontag parades mark Karneval climax

Published: 11 Feb 2013 14:07 GMT+01:00
Updated: 11 Feb 2013 14:07 GMT+01:00

Rosenmontag, the climax of Germany's Karneval celebrations, kicked off in the Rhineland on Monday morning, with parades, music, fancy dress and free-flowing beer.

Cologne wrapped up the annual weekend of madness with a 7.5 kilometre-long parade of 150 floats which trundled through the city for the enjoyment of thousands of revellers braving freezing temperatures on Monday morning.

Click for a gallery of Rosenmontag parade pictures

As every year, themes of irreverent political satire dominated the parade, with Chancellor Angela Merkel as the favoured muse for float artists. One depicted the German leader as a mother sow with piglets painted with the flags of EU countries suckling from her multiple teats.

In Düsseldorf, Merkel was paraded through the streets with a Hitler-esque moustache being drawn on by a Greek.

Karneval signals the beginning of the Lent season and takes place every year at the beginning of February when cities up and down the Rhineland are granted a long weekend to celebrate.

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05:37 February 13, 2013 by RainerL
I sick of these IDIOTS depicting Anyone that does not agree with their views ore ideals as Nazies or Hitlers.

This sort of carry on is of a low intelligence and is wearing very thin with many. If that is all one can come up with in order to build an argument to link anyone as a Nazie or a Hitler then you are not very smart at all.
11:02 February 13, 2013 by Englishted
@RainerL

Sadly lacking in wit and satire aren't you , it is a reference to the Greek demonstrations last year when Merky visited that country.

Please read up before you lambast .
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