Germans celebrate carnival again despite high virus count

Carnival revelers in Cologne, western Germany, lined up on Thursday to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccinations before they could start the open-air celebrations – after a hiatus due to the pandemic of last year.

Despite strict pandemic rules, the start of the carnival season has been overshadowed by a coronavirus infection from the official Cologne celebrations manager. Carnival prince Sven I. announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive despite his vaccination and called off all public appearances, including the traditional reception at Cologne town hall, the German news agency reported dpa.

At Cologne’s Heumarkt Square in the Old Town, however, thousands of revelers dressed up as clowns, bees, pirates or tigers and didn’t seem fazed by the country’s growing number of viruses as they danced tightly to the sky. live fanfare music.

“We have waited so long to celebrate together again,” Cologne Mayor Henriette Reker said on public broadcaster WDR.

“Carnival is quite simply part of our culture. Carnival parties took place all over the Rhineland. In Düsseldorf, locals and tourists alike danced to this year’s theme song “Celebrate Life”, and in Koblenz they celebrated, drank and sang at Muenzplatz.

At the start of the pandemic in early 2020, Germany’s first virus outbreak took place in the city of Heinsberg in western Germany after people celebrated carnival at an event at the inside. Carnival celebrations in the Rhineland traditionally begin on November 11 at 11:11 a.m. and last until Ash Wednesday the following year.

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