Man and child dressed in colorful costumes march in the Rose Monday parade

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Herbsteiner Springerzug

The carnival jester 'Bajazz' leads the Herbsteiner Springerzug (literally "jumping parade") on Feb. 11 in Herbstein, Germany. The Springerzug is a carnival tradition particular to Herbstein that is organized to celebrate Rose Monday, a day of free-spirited merrymaking before the beginning of Lent.

Although Fat Tuesday is the most well-known carnival day by many observers around the world, in towns and cities in west Germany, it is actually Monday that is the primary day of gluttony and debauchery.

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Men dressed in drindls jump around in a parade

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Cross-dress hopping

Men dressed in traditional dirndls prance and jump through the streets while holding festive umbrellas on Feb. 11 during the Springerzug carnival parade in Herbstein.

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Reveler wears blue face paint and an elaborate head dress

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Monday blues

A carnival reveler covered in blue face-paint wears funky glasses and an elaborate headdress on Feb. 11 during the Springerzug carnival parade in Herbstein.

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Girls link hands and rsm and march through the Rose Monday parade

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Marching in red

Girls in deep red outfits link arms and march in the Springerzug carnival parade on Feb. 11 in Herbstein.

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People wear elderly masks

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Elderly revelers

Carnival revelers wear elderly face masks on Feb. 11 while participating in the Herbsteiner Springerzug carnival parade in Herbstein.

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