Thousands of revelers have celebrated the start of the carnival season in the German city of Cologne on Friday.
Dressed in costumes ranging from clowns to wild animals, they gathered in the city’s Heumarkt square and danced to live music.
Traditionally, a carnival is held in all cities in Rhineland. It usually begins at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month and usually lasts until Ash Wednesday, six weeks before Easter.
Two years ago, the carnival was believed to be responsible for Germany’s first COVID-19 outbreak after partygoers gathered at an indoor event in Heinsberg. Some events last year were canceled due to the introduction of the Omicron strain, but this year there are no restrictions due to COVID-19.
Despite the cost of living crisis and the war in Ukraine, Europeans are still determined to enjoy themselves.