A carnival float with papier-mache caricatures of German Chancellor Angela Merkel (right) and a figure representing Greece takes part in the traditional Rose Monday carnival parade in the western German city of Dusseldorf. The parades in Cologne, Mainz and Dusseldorf are the highlight of the German street carnival season.
A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia’s president Vladimir Putin flexing his muscles shaped like a bomb reading “Crimea”, ahead of the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The street spectacles in the carnival centres of Duesseldorf, Mainz and Cologne are watched by hundreds of thousands of people and are the highlight of Germany’s carnival season called Rosenmontag (Rose Monday).
German chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Carnival representatives and performers during the annual Carnival pairs reception at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Carnival will soon begin across southwestern Germany, culminating in Rose Monday parades and festivities.
The Hoppeditz, the carnival figurehead that is woken from his slumber at 11.11am on November 11, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of Duesseldorf, Germany. This is the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany with the highlight being the street carnival parades on Rose Monday