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Carnival in Cologne 2018

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Get familiar with the essentials and events of the world-famous Cologne Carnival. 



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Carnival, which is known as "Fastelovend" in the local Kölsch dialect, plays a very important role in Cologne. In line with this year's motto "Mer Kölsche danze us der Reih", the costumed "fools" will celebrate Carnival 2018 in Cologne, which will start as tradition prescribes at 11:11 a.m. on 11th November.


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