Carnival season is getting under way in Germany. In Cologne, even immigrants love to join the fun.
The two Rhineland metropoles are both neighbors and competitors. From the economic to the artistic and cultural spheres, the two cities have been rivals for centuries.
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.