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Parties,parades,costumes, brass bands, scathing political and social commentary, scanty outfits, normal citizens are kings and princes, knights and generals, while the pompous and pretentious are ridiculed by „fools" and Court jesters. No sacred cows here as the wine and beer flow and high-proof distillates help the crowds indoors and out fend off Winter chills. Candy, fruit, treats and favors fly through the air, thrown from the mammoth floats and displays by the costumed members of the various Carnival societies, businesses and civic organizations who sponsor the bash.
Formal sit-down evenings, costume Balls, and parties go non-stop from New Year's Day until Fassnacht when at midnight everything comes to an abrupt halt, Ash Wednesday dawns and the austere Lenten time begins.
The top Carnival events are: The Children's Costume and the „Impressed-Fools"` parades in the Downtown, Gonsenheim, Mombach neighborhoods; the Fassnacht's Fair along the banks of the Rhine and at the Rathaus as well as Gonsenheim's Juxplatz. The Fools' Guard Parade through the inner City and the Finthen neighborhood parade, followed an Rose-Monday by the enormous Grand parade through the City.
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