Carnival kicks off in Germany; Trump costumes popular

By The Associated Press | Posted - Feb. 23, 2017 at 9:54 a.m.



This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Germans are braving rain, high winds and tight security to celebrate this year's Carnival season.

Tens of thousands of people joined street parties in the western cities of Cologne, Duesseldorf and Mainz on Thursday for the start of five days of public festivities.

Among the clown and devil costumes seen every year there were also a number of people dressed as Donald Trump.

The U.S. president is expected to feature prominently on the gaudy Carnival floats at next week's "Rose Monday" processions.

Police are out in force this year and authorities have placed heavy barriers at strategic locations amid concerns about possible extremist attacks of the kind that hit a Berlin Christmas market last year, killing 12.

Meteorologists have forecast winds over 100 kph (62 mph) on Friday.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Associated Press

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast