The fifth season of the year started on Green Thursday last week and the party continues pretty much every day until Ash Wednesday. The carnival fans are called the "fools" in German (Narren).
Today was the big Faschingumzug (carnival parade) in Hockenheim Germany. Everyone dresses up, the participants of the parade and the people observing.
It's a big outdoor party with lots of music. I estimate there were several thousand people not only the ones who live in the town, but many more who came by train to attend. Just like at Mardi Gras in New Orleans or Carnival in Brasil, there are motorized floats which are decorated and they throw treats and small toys to the crowds. Most of the floats are towed by tractors.
Carnival is popular with young people and children who love to get dressed up in costumes. There are carnival clubs whose members spends months planning their floats, making their own costumes and preparing for the events.
In other regions of Germany, carnival is much more important to the people and they take time off of work on Monday and Tuesday in order to participate in the events. Where I live in southern Germany, it's not such a big deal. A recent survey said a little over 20% of all Germans (all ages, all location) are "carnival fans".
There will be a carnival parade on Monday in the small town where I live, however, I will be working and will miss it, so I went to Hockenheim today.
I'm grateful that these three allowed me to take close-up picture and agreed to let me post it in the Internet. Danke.