Carnival is Cologne's "fifth season". It is world famous as a festive, colourful mass party that draws over a million visitors to the city every year.
The Carnival or "Cologne's fith season", begins on November 11th at 11:11 a.m. But the real "crazy days" do not start before the so-called Weiberfastnacht (Shrove Thursday), the Thursday before Rosenmontag (Carnival Monday).
Women's Carnival day (Weiberfastnacht)
Thursday, 16th February 2012
Carnival Monday (Rose Monday)
Monday, 20th February 2012
Tuesday, 21st February 2012
Ash Wednesday (Aschermittwoch)Wednesday, 22nd February 2012
Excessive drinking causes concern among parents
Glass-free zones during Carnival