rose monday

A man takes pictures of a carnival float depicting Russia's president Vladimir Putin  flexing his muscles and a bomb reading ' Crimea', prior to the traditional carnival parade in Duesseldorf, western Germany. The street spectacles in the carnival centers 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).

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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).

***BESTPIX***  Merkel Receives Carnival Pairs...BERLIN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 18:  German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Carnival representatives and performers during the annual Carnival pairs reception at the Chancellery on February 18, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Carnival will soon begin across southwestern Germany and the season culminates in Rose Monday parades and festivities.

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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, a symbol for carnival, greets hundreds of fools in the streets of downtown Duesseldorf, Germany  after the symbolic awakening from inside a mustard pot on Monday Nov.11, 2013.  November 11,  11:11 o'clock is  the traditional start of the carnival season in Germany  with the  highlight, the street carnival parades on Rose Monday.

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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