A soccer fan dressed in a traditional carnival costume waits for a German first division soccer match Mainz 05 vs Darmstadt 98 to start (Oct.16). Mainz is one of Germany’s carnival strongholds, although the carnival season only starts Nov.11 (at 11.11.a.m.).
A man dressed up as a bee walks along a street in Mainz, west of Frankfurt, Feb.4, during ‘Weiberfastnacht’, the traditional beginning of the street carnival season in Germany.
A view sidebars of today’s carnival parade in Frankfurt that drew a crowd of about 300,000 revellers (Feb.15), although Frankfurt isn’t actually a carnival hotspot in Germany. Rose Monday parades in Mainz, Düsseldorf or Cologne are usually attended by about one million people each.