Rhinelanders go mad for Rose Monday
Rosenmontag, or Rose Monday, is when the Rhinelanders show off their satirical side with the traditional parade of bizarre Karneval floats. Check out our photo gallery of the best pics of the day.
The Karneval is nominally celebrated in many places, but it's Germany's Rhineland where people really take silliness seriously.
The traditional Rosenmontag parades in the towns of Cologne, Düsseldorf, Mainz, Aachen and Bonn can be a kaleidoscopic spectacle of satire indeed. This year's favourite subjects were President Christian Wulff (of course), the "Merkozy" alliance, and ... erm ... President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.