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.
Carnival in Cologne is Germany's most famous celebration of the event. Thousands in costume flock to the streets for its opening party: Women's Carnival Day. DW's Hallie Rawlinson reports on her first time attending.
Cologne's public prosecutor has submitted charges against two British stock brokers for their involvement in the scandal. But those accused of wrongdoing have said they only exploited a "legal" loophole.
With floats packed with satire in Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mainz, the Rose Monday parades are the highlight of Carnival season. German astronaut Alexander Gerst reveals what the tradition and space travel have in common.
Inspired by Cologne's city soldiers, the Rote Funken guard goes way back to the 18th century. DW's Silke Wünsch takes a closer look at this traditional Carnival group of the party-hardy.
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