Rhinelanders go mad for Rose Monday
The Local · 20 Feb 2012, 14:11
Published: 20 Feb 2012 14:11 GMT+01:00
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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.