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Cologne Restricted, Duesseldorf undecided, Mainz cancelled: Monday Carnival parades


Alaaf and Helau - cancellations and restrictions announced for Monday Carnival parades in Germany

Feb 07, 2016

Helau and Alaaf. These are the words yelled from colorful floats parading the streets in some German cities on Monday. These parades are a major part of the German travel and tourism industry. They are fun to watch, they have their own music, and they are the pride of locals and visitors alike.

They mean food, beer, and money for the hospitality industry. Organizers worked overtime for a year to prepare.

People from all over Germany and abroad travel to cities with the best-known Monday Carnival parade. Major carnival cities include Cologne, Duesseldorf, and Mainz. It's called the fifth season in Germany - it's Carnival season.

Just today, a carnival delegation from the Seychelles arrived in Duesseldorf to be part of the Monday parade in the capital city of the German State North-Rhine Westphalia, Duesseldorf.

German authorities had been under pressure to increase security after the incidents at New Year's in Cologne and ongoing terror threats against Carnivals and cities, but no one would have calculated for this - the weather.

Winds and torrential rain up to 100 km/h are expected to hit Germany on Monday. Thunderstorm and unsafe weather conditions caused authorities to cancel Monday Carnival parades in Mainz, Duisburg, Hagen, Essen and Wenden as of know.

Cologne so far is a go, but without the 500 horses, large floats and a lot of other restrictions. Duesseldorf and Cologne will make a final decision by 8 am Monday morning.

Helau and Alaaf may not be yelled out very loud on Monday, and for the first time since the Cuba crisis.

Alaaf and Helau - cancellations and restrictions announced for Monday Carnival parades in Germany



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