Photo Story: Carnival season prelude in Cologne amid Covid restrictions

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Costumed revellers celebrate in Cologne, Germany, on Thursday 11 November 2021.

The German carnival, the so-called fifth season, starts each year on 11 November at 11:11 am and ends on Ash Wednesday of the following year.

The 11.11. is celebrated this year under Covid-19 conditions in place for attendance. In the carnival strongholds of Cologne and Duesseldorf, the coronavirus 2G rule applies, with only vaccinated and recovered people having access to the events. 


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