The highlight of Rose Monday is the march of the "Dreigestirn" - the Prince, the Peasant and the Maiden. The busy trio makes as many as ten appearances during carnival season, so it's not all fun and frolics.
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.
The world celebrates Carnival over five days in February. A few German carnival strongholds actually get an early start at it, on 11/11 every year. Here are 11 unusual and colorful Rhineland traditions.
Attention Carnival fans: Be aware that it can be a cruel fate to live in the Rhineland if you are a non-reveler. For when the yearly festivity comes to town it is accompanied by heavy drinking, garbage and aggression.
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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