Writes DJ Yabis on Instagram: “Yeehaw! Best spot to watch #CologneCarnival 🎉🎶🎉🎶 #asianfingers #notapresstriphashtag”
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DJ Yabis is a travel writer and trip planner who has traveled to more than 100 European cities in the last three years. Currently he’s in Cologne, Germany where there is an annual carnival underway, similar to Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and he’s been posting a few images and clips to Instagram.
Today marks the culmination of Germany’s weeklong Carnival festivities highlighted by a long, raucous costumed parade, lots of drinking and singing. Carnival ends at midnight between Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. While the festival has religious origins it has a political dimension as well.
Bloomberg reports that this year the Rose Monday parade (which took place today) gave a nod to Charlie Hebdo:
A float featuring a clown watering a garden of pencils with the words “freedom to joke” led the traditional Rose Monday parade through the streets of the old town on Monday. Authorities previously rejected as too provocative a motif by the Koelnische Karnevals-Gesellschaft von 1945 e.V. with the clown blocking an Islamist terrorist’s gun barrel with a pencil.
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