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Germany invaded the vampires and witches

November 13 2007
01:46

In Germany, began "fifth season" - the traditional season of winter carnivals. Tens of thousands of masqueraders dressed as jesters, clowns, witches, vampires, monks, aliens, cowboys and the play-soldiers have launched a traditional annual action called Fasching.

According to an old tradition, 11 the number 11 months exactly in 11 hours 11 minutes local time (13:11 GMT) motley army of clowns heard a volley of cannon sham. After a deaf cotton crowd shouting "Hellau!" And "Alaaf!" Rushed to storm the local urban management.

The beleaguered mayors meekly handed over the keys and coffers clownish princes and princesses. It was these rulers will have until February symbolic power. The official capital of the "fifth season" is recognized Bonn, where the carnival tradition have very deep roots. The most boisterous celebration takes place on the Rhine - Düsseldorf, Cologne, Koblenz, Mainz, Neuwied, Honnef.

In addition, the masquerades held in Munich, Bavaria, and Hamburg in the north, and Thuringia. Recently, carnivals reached the banks of the Spree and the German capital, which also held a colorful local storming of the Red City Hall, reports NTV.

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