Frankfurt’s Carnival Parade


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.

St. Martin’s Procession

St. Martin's Procession

Kids from a local primary school and a kindergarten carry their lanterns during a St. Martin’s procession in Frankfurt, Nov.11. Processions like this one take place each year mainly in the catholic areas of Germany and other countries. November 11 is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours (France), who started out as a Roman soldier and later became a monk. In one legend about his life he once cut his cloak in half and shared it with a beggar during a snowstorm.