- Title: GERMANY: Thousands of German revellers celebrate Rose Monday carnival
- Date: 11th February 2013
- Summary: COLOGNE, GERMANY (FEBRUARY 11, 2013) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COLOURFULLY DECORATED FLOATS PASSING THROUGH HISTORIC GATE, ACCOMPANIED BY REVELLERS DRESSED IN COSTUMES CELEBRATING ROSE MONDAY VARIOUS OF FLOAT PASSING THROUGH CROWED STREET (SOUNDBITE) (German) (UNIDENTIFIED) REVELLER WEARING RED WIG, SAYING: "Cologne's carnival is super, everything is great and the best part is Rose Monday, the most beautiful thing in the entire year." 4 (SOUNDBITE) (German) (UNIDENTIFIED) REVELLER WITH GLASSES, SAYING: "What you see here, this parade, is the best thing ever! I'd like to tell all my friends: you will go crazy when you see this." (SOUNDBITE) (German) (UNIDENTIFIED) REVELLER WITH CAT FACE PAINT, SAYING: "I came all the way from (nearby) Duesseldorf (another carnival stronghold) to see the Cologne carnival (laughter heard) because I find it so beautiful here!" DANCER IN FEATHER COSTUME FLOATING PAST DANCING MEN IN WHITE SUITS PASSING ON FLOAT BAND MEMBERS IN COLOURFUL YELLOW COSTUMES DANCING PAST WOMEN, ONE OF THEM HOLDING A BEER GLASS, SINGING WOMEN DRESSED AS CONSTRUCTION WORKERS WALKING PAST WAVING WOMAN DRESSED IN COSTUME APPLAUDING BRASS BAND MEMBERS IN BLUE COSTUMES WALKING PAST
- Embargoed: 26th February 2013 12:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
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- Story Text: Dressed in colourful costumes and consuming large quantities of beer, tens of thousands of carnival lovers celebrated the "fifth season's" highlight in the German stronghold of Cologne on Monday (February 11).
"Cologne's carnival is super, everything is great and the best part is Rose Monday, the most beautiful thing in the entire year," said one woman, wearing a bright red wig.
Revellers had gathered along the traditional carnival route in Cologne's city centre where another participant joked that she had come "all the way from Duesseldorf," another carnival stronghold traditionally in competition with Cologne and the country's third stronghold, Mainz.
To the laughter of her friends, the woman added she was here "to see the Cologne carnival because I find it so beautiful here."
Rose Monday is a high point of the pre-Lenten carnival festivities, which include countless parties and a general loosening up of inhibitions.
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