Throughout Germany on the Monday before Lent they celebrate Rose Monday, Rosenmontag. We were fortunate enough in 2006 to be in Trier, Germany for the Rosenmontag Parade.
Hands down the best parade ever, for hours floats went by with people celebration/lampooning politicians, cultures and everything else. The highlight was the fact that not only do they throw candy to the children, they all had ‘adult beverages’ that when you held out your little plastic cup, it was filled!
The 2006 Trier, Germany Rosenmontag Parade: