Carnival season is getting under way in Germany. In Cologne, even immigrants love to join the fun.
Shrove Thursday to Ash Wednesday are the most important days of carnival in Germany. We'll take you on a short tour of the carnival capitals Cologne, Mainz and Rottweil.
Celebrations have been in full swing across Germany's Carnival strongholds. Despite the cancelation of a procession on Sunday because of a terror alert, the party spirit on Rose Monday appeared to be undiminished.
Carnival is all about provoking those in power and those making headlines. But this year, German carnivals are tiptoeing around the Charlie Hebdo massacre, claiming sensitivity to religion - and that satire has limits.
The Cologne Carnival is something you have to see to believe. DW’s reporter Gabriel Borrud, who grew up in the United States, still remembers his first carnival - at least some parts of it.