Carnival in the Rhineland
Regional festivals are a highlight of the year for many towns and cities in Germany - and for some they play an integral role in shaping identity. What Oktoberfest is to Bavaria, Carnival is to the Rhineland… and in the Sauerland the big event is the Schützenfest, or marksmen's festival.
In the Rhineland, carnival is called the 'fifth season'. Today thousands of people in Cologne celebrated the beginning of the carnival period, which goes until February, in Germany.
Celebrating carnival is a must in Germany's Rhineland. But what about its environmental impact? A village outside Cologne is making carnival greener - without spoiling any of the fun.
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