When the clocks reached 11:11 on Thursday, Germany's Carnival entered top gear. Thousands of people gathered in the streets despite bad weather.
When revelers in costume dance in the streets then the carnival season has reached its peak in Germany. Test your knowledge and find out how crazy about carnival or "jeck" you are.
The traditional Carnival celebrations in Cologne took a tragic turn when a policeman was mowed down by a tram. Police suspect it was a case of murder, although the judge is not convinced.
Millions of revelers have braved cold winter weather to attend traditional carnival parades in Germany. The processions often take on a highly satirical note.
Berlin residents originally from the Rhineland who love to celebrate carnival have tried to import the fun and partying to the German capital — in vain, as DW columnist Gero Schliess observes.
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