Carnival Climax: Germany Goes Crazy at Rose Monday Parades

Carnival Climax: Germany Goes Crazy at Rose Monday Parades

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2013

Angela Merkel as a pig suckling hungry nations in the euro crisis? Isn't that a bit risquÚ? Not this week, because anything goes at German carnival, when the nation, or large parts of it, allows itself to let its hair down. The Rose Monday parades marked the highlight of the season with their satirical floats. more...

CarnivaláParades: Germany Shuts Down for Mass Party

CarnivaláParades: Germany Shuts Down for Mass Party

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2012

German carnival culminated on Rose Monday with huge parades in the cities of Cologne, DŘsseldorf and Mainz. Hundreds of thousands lined the streets to catch sweets and watch the marching bands and satirical floats, one of which illustrated the close relationship between Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. more...

Parades Poke Fun at Euro Crisis: German Carnival Hails Merkel as Europe's Savior

Parades Poke Fun at Euro Crisis: German Carnival Hails Merkel as Europe's Savior

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2012

Most of Europe is in the grip of the debt crisis, but Germany is getting ready to party. The satirical parade floats that are a fixture of its carnival festivities leave no doubt about who's in charge of the troubled continent. One features Chancellor Angela Merkel at the bow of the SS Europa about to hit an iceberg. By David Crossland more...

Beer, Red Noses and Politics: SatireáTakes to the Streets in German Carnival Parades

Beer, Red Noses and Politics: SatireáTakes to the Streets in German Carnival Parades

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2011

Germany's notoriously riotous Carnival seasonáculminated on Rose Monday with a parade of floats in Cologne and other Rhineland cities. The larger-than-life floats featured in the paradesáareácolorful and often offer bitingásatire -- from Chancellor Merkel to fallen ex-Defense Minister Guttenberg. more...

Europe's Party of all Parties: Revelers Flock to the Streets to Celebrate Carnival

Europe's Party of all Parties: Revelers Flock to the Streets to Celebrate Carnival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 02, 2011

All over the continent, Europeans are celebrating one of the year's biggest events: Carnival. From Germany to Croatia, and at places in-between, party-goers are dressing up and going out. SPIEGEL ONLINE takes a look at some of the continent's Carnival highlights. more...

Ruckus in the Rhineland: Carnival Goers Battle Winter with Beer and Bear Costumes

Ruckus in the Rhineland: Carnival Goers Battle Winter with Beer and Bear Costumes

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 16, 2010

Beer and furry costumes helped German carnival revellers brave sub-zero temperatures as the six-day party climaxed with the traditional Rose Monday processions. But the party's not over till Ash Wednesday, when Germans revert to their normal, serious selves for the next 51 weeks. more...

Bavaria's Chinese Carnival: Long Live the Emperor of Dietfurt

Bavaria's Chinese Carnival: Long Live the Emperor of Dietfurt

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 15, 2010

The traditional Carnival parades held around Germany are famous for strange costumes and wild parties. But the small town of Dietfurt in Bavaria is becoming known for something a little more odd: During the festive season, the whole town turns Chinese. more...

Harnessing Anarchy for Hitler: The Nazis' Bid to Control Carnival

Harnessing Anarchy for Hitler: The Nazis' Bid to Control Carnival

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 11, 2010

Germany's Carnival is an expression of anarchic fun and mockery of those in power. Yet the Nazis sought to harness the potential of the festivities for their own ends. Anti-Semitic floats and speeches attacking Germany's enemies were commonplace, and defiance was rare. By Siobhßn Dowling more...

Berlusconi, Breasts and Obama: Cologne Carnival Floats Ready for Action

Berlusconi, Breasts and Obama: Cologne Carnival Floats Ready for Action

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 10, 2010

Every year, Carnival in Cologne and Dusseldorf is an orgy of political satire, as floats making fun of world leaders take to the streets. This year, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi is a particularly easy target. more...

Carnival in Germany: Did You Hear the One about the Financial Crisis?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2009

Germany may be facing its worst economic downturn since World War II. But so what? The country is seizing on carnival this year to drown its sorrows -- and even to laugh about the financial crisis. By David Crossland in Cologne more...