Alaaf and Helau, as the locals say – the hot glue gun is now being whipped out for colourful costumes.

We’re going to party hard at Karneval! With magnificent fancy dress costumes, creepy masks and funny hats. With flamboyant decorations for procession and Festival Committee floats, colourful accessories for the party that follows, and all sorts of amusing bits and pieces for almost any false nose. And there is only one answer to the question “Who’s going to pay for that – who has that much dough?”: If you have the right tool to hand, it costs next to nothing to do it yourself.

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