Carnival parade in Germany too long

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19 February 2007, Cologne (dpa) - This year's huge parade of carnival floats, bands and clowns which wove its way through the narrow streets of Cologne, Germany on Monday was too long to fit on the 6.5-kilometre route. The head of the procession was set to reach the dispersal zone before the tail of the parade had departed from the marshalling area. An estimated 1 million people, most in fancy dress or clown make-up, gathered on the sidewalks hours in advance to sing and cheer. Floats in Germany's biggest

19 February 2007

Cologne (dpa) - This year's huge parade of carnival floats, bands and clowns which wove its way through the narrow streets of Cologne, Germany on Monday was too long to fit on the 6.5-kilometre route.

The head of the procession was set to reach the dispersal zone before the tail of the parade had departed from the marshalling area. An estimated 1 million people, most in fancy dress or clown make-up, gathered on the sidewalks hours in advance to sing and cheer.

Floats in Germany's biggest annual parade were marked with the 2007 carnival motto in the city, "All of us make up Cologne." Many carried papier-mache sculptures of German politicians to poke fun at them.

The festivities climax on Monday and known in German as Rosenmontag. The event has its origins as a prelude to the Catholic fasting season of Lent, which begins in 2007 on Wednesday.

Similar big parades were held Monday in the cities of Mainz and Dusseldorf. Many of the 2 million revellers in the three cities dressed as pirates, reflecting the popularity in Germany of Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

Sigrid Krebs, an organizer of the Cologne parade, said it comprised 99 floats, 124 bands, 440 horses and about 10,000 people who were occupied during the parade throwing gifts of flowers, chocolates and sweets to the crowds.

DPA

Subject: German News

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